American youngster Coco Gauff has done the unthinkable by winning the 2023 US Open. She defeated World No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka to win the US Open Women’s Singles championship at the young age of just 19 years. With this, she has now become the youngest American female tennis player to win a Grand Slam since Serena Williams. She has also become the first American teenager to win a Women’s Grand Slam title this century.
Despite losing the first set against Aryna Sabalenka, Coco maintained her composure and made a stunning comeback in the second set. In fact, her performance in the second set unnerved the Belarusian so much that she started making plenty of unforced errors. It was obvious that she was totally feeling the pressure. However, the 19-year old did not let the pressure get under her skin and finished the job in style in the third set. This sensational comeback victory is one for the ages. She won the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in three sets.
After winning the final, Coco Gauff was visibly emotional as she covered her face with her hands and fell flat on the court on her back. She was very obviously emotional and was even seen hugging her parents after the win. Coco’s parents have been in the stands for her support throughout the tournament. They were also in tears after Coco’s victory.
Coco Gauff has now finally won the first Grand Slam of her career and has the same number of Grand Slams as Aryna Sabalenka (1). The teenager has had a dream run this season anyway, and she has now won a Grand Slam too. Apart from her first round exit from the Wimbledon Open, she has been phenomenal in 2023. She won the Citi Open and the Cincinnati Open recently.
Coco Gauff thanks her parents after winning the 2023 US Open
Coco Gauff’s parents have always played a monumental role in shaping her career. Coco’s father used to teach her tennis since she was only 4 years old and she started learning the sport seriously a few years later. Coco Gauff’s parents have always been very supportive of her career and they are always present during her matches.
After winning the US Open title, she thus thanked her parents first. She said, “Today was the first time I’ve seen my dad cry. Thank you guys. You believed in me from the beginning. I’ve been coming to this tournament, siting right there watching Venus & Serena compete. It’s incredible..”
Coco Gauff also credited her father for the win. She mentioned that many wanted “to tear them apart” early in her career but her father was always there behind her. Shen also revealed that it was her father who suggested bringing in Brad Gilbert.