US Open champion Coco Gauff faced challenging weather conditions as she took on Jessica Pegula at the WTA finals in Mexico.
The 19-year-old suffered a 6-2, 6-1 semi-final loss against her fellow American as both battled the dreadful weather in Cancun.
Windy conditions meant she was put to the unique test and had to adapt on the court.
As the talented pair practiced ahead of the match, Gauff hit a ball that was expected to go out of the court.
However, the wind had other ideas, and the intensity brought it straight back, showing the strength of the gusts.
The conditions certainly proved athletes have to adapt to various conditions, which certainly tests their resolve.
Gauff struggled with her range and forehand throughout the contest as Pegula ran out victorious.
Despite the defeat, Gauff has managed to clinch four titles in 2023, with statement victories in Auckland, Washington, Cincinnati, and most recently, her first grand slam title at the US Open.
She will now turn her attention to improving her game with new coach Brad Gilbert.
Pegula, meanwhile, will gear up for the final of the WTA finals, where she will face either world No.1 Aryna Sabalenka or second seed Iga Swiatek.
“I managed to get my act together at the end of the year,” she told reporters. “I’ve done a good job of resetting coming here.”
“I found a way to make it work. “I’m feeling confident going into the finals.
“It’s probably my biggest final ever. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence going into next year.”