Once again, Lauren Davis pulled off a three-set win against Charleston's No. 2 seed Sofia Kenin. The American's quick problem-solving and ability to adapt saw her to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against last year's Australian Open champion.
This wasn't the first time Davis was able to come back from behind against her countrywoman. Back in 2019 at the Citi Open, she erased a set deficit to defeat the then No. 28 ranked Kenin in Washington D.C. This time around, she found that her hard flat balls weren't doing much and switched up the game plan.
"I was struggling for a bit in the first set and a half with my serve. Kind of just hitting the ball too flat I would say, and then I started thinking a bit and I found that she wasn't too much of a fan of high balls. So I really took advantage of that," Davis told TC's Steve Weissman following the upset win.
It's been a series and ups and downs for the 27-year-old. Back in 2017, she was ranked as high as No. 26 and now sits at No. 79. Through her journey, Davis has learned that perseverance goes a long way.
"We play every week obviously and for the most part lose every week," Davis said. It's about getting up the next day and that's what I did and won this match."
Davis indeed woke up ready to tackle the task at hand in her latest encounter with Kenin. As a former Top 30 player, she is aware of the minor differences that separate the upper echelon of competitors from the rest of the field.
Before wrapping up the quick interview, Weissman couldn't help but check in to see if Davis was keeping up with her favorite show "The Office" while traveling around the globe in various bubbles. All can rest easy, as she is still tuning into a streaming service to get her fix on the road.
"Michael Scott would have said after that first set, 'my well well well, how the turntables have turned,'" Weissman said. "Congratulations Lauren, see you on the flippity flip."
"See you on the flippity flip," Davis said with a laugh. indulging in all the puns thrown her way.
The Gates Mills, Ohio native will face Coco Gauff on Thursday for a spot in the quarterfinals.