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Coco Gauff on Indian Wells debut win: ‘the crowd makes a difference’


The home crowd at Indian Wells helped Coco Gauff to a 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 win over Caroline Garcia on Saturday night.

“It’s really special to come out here to a crowd so welcoming,” Gauff said following her BNP Paribas Open debut.

The California fans buoyed Gauff to a 2-hour and 10-minute victory, with the American teen firing 40 winners to Garcia’s 19.

“I always say the crowd makes a difference in a match… and I’m happy this crowd loves me. It’s my first time playing in front of you guys… and I like you back,” said Gauff in her on-court interview.

With her Saturday-night victory, Gauff advances to Round 3 at Indian Wells, where she will face No. 21 seed Paula Badosa.