Gauff swears to be more aggressive at the showdown in Osaka

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Coco Gauff of the United States serves Naomi Osaka of Japan in the third round on the sixth day of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – American teen Coco Gauff has promised to be more aggressive against owner Naomi Osaka in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday, as she hopes for a different result in her second career meeting.

A nervous Gauff was beaten 6-3 (6-0) by Japan's Osaka in the third round of the US Open last year, but the 15-year-old said after her triple victory over Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Wednesday, that things were going to become different.

"This time I'm less nervous … (at the) US Open I was nervous. It was my first time on Arthur Ashe," said Gauff, who beat seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams at her tournament opening in Melbourne, a press conference.

"We're both familiar with each other's games. She plays very aggressively. This time I'm going to be more aggressive … I think I'm more confident this time."

The world's number 1, Ash Barty, will try to continue her strong start to the tournament, but the home hope could face a difficult third round test against Hobart International champion Elena Rybakina in her first meeting.

Roger Federer will compete against Australian fighter John Millman, who defeated him at the 2018 US Open, while Novak Djokovic will fight Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka for a fourth round spot.

In other games, 23-time Grand Slam single champion Serena Williams meets Chinese Wang Qiang, Petra Kvitova against Ekaterina Alexandrova and Caroline Wozniacki against Ons Jabeur.

For the men, the sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas meets the big Milos Raonic, while Marin Cilic meets Roberto Bautista Agut and Guido Pella Fabio Fognini plays.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Edited by Alison Williams