Coco Gauff defeats Aryna Sabalenka: A 19-year-old to win US Open 2023 crown, says ‘tried my best to…’

Nineteen-year-old Coco Gauff made an amazing comeback to win against Aryna Sabalenka at the US Open. This victory marked a historic moment as she became the first American teenager to claim this prestigious title since Serena Williams did it back in 1999.

Coco Gauff defeats Aryna Sabalenka: A 19-year-old to win US Open 2023 crown, says ‘tried my best to…’

Coco Gauff, who is just 19 years old, staged an impressive comeback to beat Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 this past Saturday. The match took place in front of a packed crowd of 28,143 fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It’s worth noting that this was the very same stadium where she had the chance to watch her tennis idols, the Williams sisters, play several years ago.

After her victory, Coco Gauff paid tribute to her idols, saying,

“They’ve been a source of inspiration for me throughout my journey. When I was growing up, there weren’t many Black tennis players at the top of the sport. I could really only think of them as the pioneers. Of course, more players have come since then thanks to the legacy they built. This legacy made my dream of becoming a professional tennis player more achievable. But it’s important to acknowledge all the challenges they faced, which ultimately paved the way for someone like me to pursue this dream.”

Coco Gauff, who is currently enjoying her best-ever winning streak of 12 matches, expressed her gratitude towards those who once doubted her talent. She said,

“I’ve always tried to handle doubts with grace, and I’ve been giving my all. So, to those who may have thought they were extinguishing my determination, you actually fueled it, and now it’s burning even brighter.”

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At just 19 years old, Coco Gauff has become the first American teenager to clinch the US Open title since Serena Williams accomplished this milestone back in 1999. This victory also coincided with the tournament’s 50th anniversary, highlighting its unique distinction as one of the few major sports events that awards equal pay to both men and women.

Coco Gauff made history at Wimbledon when she became the youngest qualifier ever. In her Grand Slam debut in 2019, she impressed by reaching the fourth round. Although she faced a tough defeat at the French Open last year, Gauff has made a remarkable comeback. She recently secured victories at both the Washington and Cincinnati tournaments.

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