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Coco Gauff injury: How long is she expected to be out? Will she play at the US Open?

The world No. 12 fell awkwardly during her first round game as her Cincinnati Masters journey was brought to an abrupt end by injury.

MASON, OHIO - AUGUST 16: Coco Gauff of The United States hits a backhand against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 16, 2022 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

There was heartbreak in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open (Ohio) on Tuesday for rising star Coco Gauff as she was forced to retire due to injury while trailing 5-7 0-1 against Marie Bouzkova.

Gauff fell awkwardly during a point when leading 5-3 in the first set when she tumbled to the court whilst hitting a backhand and injured her ankle at the Cincinnati-area tournament. She lost the next three games before being looked at and despite the best efforts from her physio team, ultimately a decision was taken to not continue as a precautionary measure.

Earlier this month, at the age of just 18, Gauff had become only the second-youngest player in ⁦WTA history to reach No. 1 of the doubles rankings (after ⁦Martina Hingis) following her win at the Canadian Open alongside compatriot Jessica Pegula.

Coco Gauff of The United States receives treatment
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Coco Gauff of The United States receives treatment Frey/TPNGetty

The pair defeated Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 10-5 in the mid August final, which was ultimately decided by a match tie-break.

US Open in doubt

When the swelling subsides, it’s expected that Gauff’s ankle will undergo a series of scans to determine the nature of the injury and only then will her medical team be in a position to make a prognosis of her time away from the court and if participating in Flushing Meadows in a fortnight is a viable option.