US OPEN: Coco Gauff Wins First Grand Slam, Defeat Sabalenka In Trilling Finals

Coco Gauff 19, saw her dreams come true as the American teenager beat Aryna Sabalenka 2-6 6-3 6-2 to claim her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

The 19-year-old became the first American teenager to triumph at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 1999.

It looked wholly unlikely after the opening hour. Sabalenka may have been racking up the unforced errors, but the 25-year-old No 2 seed – who becomes the world No 1 on Monday – dominated virtually every rally when taking the first set.

Somehow, though, Gauff dug deep, rallying the crowd at vital times and forcing her way back into the match before emphatically holding her nerve in the decider to clinch victory in two hours and five minutes.

Oh my goodness…” said Gauff, to a huge ovation. “I feel like I’m a little bit in shock. That French Open [2022 final] loss was a heartbreak, but this makes it even more sweeter than I could imagine. I’m so blessed in this life.

“I just knew that if I didn’t give it my all, Aryna is an incredible, incredible player, the fire you bring to the court is something that makes sport better.”

Gauff when asked to give a message to her team and family.

“Thank you first to my parents,” she said. “Today was the first time I’ve seen my dad cry. He thinks he’s so hard, but thank you guys, you believed in me from the beginning. My dad took me to this tournament watching Venus and Serena compete.

“Thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me. A month ago I won a 500 title and people said I would stop at that. Two weeks ago I won a Masters title. Now I’m here. I’ve been doing my best. To those who were putting water in my fire, you’re adding gas to it.”

Since Gauff burst on to the scene as a 15-year-old phenomenon at Wimbledon in 2019, there have been expectations she would eventually become a Grand Slam champion.

Gauff will rise to a career-high third when the latest rankings are released on Monday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *