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SAN JOSE — Coco Gauff was giving her on-court interview after beating Naomi Osaka in straight sets and referred to Osaka and herself as “the future” of tennis.

Gauff then paused and reassessed: “Actually, I don’t know — the future is probably already here.”

It sure felt “here” in San Jose on Thursday night, as Gauff defeated Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,250 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

A crowd that had a noticeable preference for Osaka instead saw the 18-year-old American put on a show. Gauff landed her first serve 58% of the time and then won those points an astonishing 85% of the time.

Gauff showed some sterling defense on the night, breaking Osaka three times and winning 29 points when returning serve. In the second set, Gauff won five games in a row to build what felt like an insurmountable lead — and could have made the evening a quick one.

It would have been an understandable result for Osaka. It was just her second match since losing in the first round of the French Open in late May, as she missed the entire grass court season battling an Achilles injury. The 24-year-old even admitted after she won her first round match in three sets on Tuesday that she didn’t care if she won that match, as she was more focused on finding the fun in her sport again.

Even in defeat, there were moments where she clearly was enjoying herself. But the takeaway that could scare the rest of the players on tour is the fight she showed after giving away the two breaks in the second set.

Osaka dug herself a 5-1 hole, then went down 0-40 to give Gauff three match points, but Osaka fought all the way back to deuce. She then gave a fourth match point away, but recovered again and won the game.

With Gauff perhaps a bit flustered, Osaka got her first break of the match to make it 5-3, only to give away three straight points again to put her back in a 0-40 hole again. But Osaka once again defended all three match points, got the advantage and nailed an ace to take the game and give a very excited yell with it.

“It’s rare that someone comes back from down 40-love twice, but it’s Naomi,” Gauff said.

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In Gauff’s second attempt to serve for the match, she continued to force Osaka to test her athleticism. And, on her eighth match point, she finally finished off the former No. 1 player in the world.

With the win, Gauff evens up her all-time series against Osaka at two apiece. It’s not hard to envision a world where these two face each other another dozen times or more — and perhaps even in Grand Slam finals, too.

The fans in San Jose seemed to understand that and feel that on Thursday, jamming the grounds at San Jose State well before the match began and filing into their seats right at the start of the match. Gauff seemed dearly appreciative of the love shown to herself and Osaka — both for their on-court play and for their outspoken ways off the court, too.

I’m glad that you guys actually support us and support what we say and care about us, no matter what,” Gauff said. “This is one of the best crowds I’ve played in [front of]. I’ve said all week, it’s a smaller stadium, but it feels so loud.

“This is a reason why I play tennis and why I love doing this, week-in and week-out.”

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 04: Carlos Flores, from Los Angeles, celebrates after Coco Gauff threw him a ball after she beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament at San José State University in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

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KARDASHIAN fans have mocked Kendall Jenner's latest look after she stepped out for dinner in Los Angeles.

Kendall, 27, was pictured heading for dinner at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica on Friday evening and opted for cosy and comfy attire.

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The Kardashians star dressed her slender frame in a pair of pale green suede trousers and teamed them with an oversized fluffy jumper of the same color.

Kendall wore a nude-colored T-shirt underneath and accessorized with black heels and a matching small handbag as well as some silver earrings.

When one fan posted the snaps on a popular Kardashians Reddit page, others commented on the brunette star's latest look.

Comparing her to the famous Dr Seuss character, one person said: "It’s giving cozy chic Grinch. I’m into it."

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Another wrote: "Love her clothes, they all look comfy af but not sloppy," and a third agreed and said: "I love her street style."

A fourth Reddit user commented: "I kinda love this lmfaoo. I know I'm in the minority but I love the color and the sweater is so cute to me."

Someone else mocked: "Muppet vibes," and another added: "It’s giving oscar the grouch."

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A different Reddit user commented: "I like these pieces but separately… lol I swear sometimes she dresses like she got dressed in the dark."

Kendall's green look comes after it was reported that Kendall's ex-boyfriend Harry Styles has been confiding in her following his split from Olivia Wilde.

The former couple, who met on the set of Don’t Worry Darling and dated for almost two years, are now said be “taking a break” after different priorities kept them apart.

Sources have claimed Harry’s supermodel ex-girlfriend Kendall has become a shoulder to cry on following the “very amicable” decision.

Harry and Olivia’s friends claimed he and Kendall have been leaning on each other in recent weeks and call the timing “interesting”, given that her relationship with basketball player Devin Booker also ended recently.

One LA source said: “Harry and Kendall have always stayed in touch, but in light of their recent splits, they have more time for one another. And Harry has had Kendall’s ear over his break-up with Olivia.

“Kendall is one of the few people to understand the level of fame and scrutiny which Harry endures. She is also dealing with her own tough time.”

The pair, who dated on and off from 2013 to 2019, have now been close for almost a decade.

Kendall was seen dancing with her sister Kylie and pal Hailey Bieber at Harry’s LA concert earlier this month.

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While Harry is still touring, Kendall has her modelling career and a tequila business.

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