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Coco Gauff wins in Washington Open qualifying round

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American teenage sensation Coco Gauff returned to court for the first time since her memorable Wimbledon run with a win in Washington Open qualifying.

The 15-year-old, who beat Venus Williams on her way to the last 16 at the All England Club, won 6-4 6-2 against fellow American Maegan Manasse.

Gauff will next play either eighth seed Hiroko Kuwata of Japan or fellow American Maria Sanchez.

Another win will see Gauff reach the third main draw of her career.

Although now ranked 143rd in the world after her Wimbledon exploits, she was unsure whether she would even get into Washington qualifying because she had to use her pre-Wimbledon ranking of 313th to gain entry.

Gauff was the youngest woman to reach the second week of Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.

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