Coco Gauff, the 19-year-old tennis prodigy, clinched her inaugural Grand Slam title at the US Open in a dramatic three-set comeback. Gauff, long seen as a rising star in tennis, secured victory over Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus with scores of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The match unfolded before a star-studded audience featuring renowned personalities like Kevin Durant, Spike Lee, Nicole Kidman, and Charlize Theron. Gauff initially faced difficulties but exhibited remarkable determination, relentlessly chasing balls and capitalizing on Sabalenka’s errors.
Despite losing the first set, Gauff’s spirited fist-pumps and “Come on!” shouts invigorated both herself and the crowd, unsettling Sabalenka, as they had done to her six previous opponents in the tournament.
Sabalenka, set to become the new world No. 1, couldn’t match Gauff’s unyielding spirit and skill. Although Gauff momentarily stumbled in the third set by losing her serve with a 4-1 lead, she swiftly recovered, nearing the championship with her trademark looping forehand and potent put-away shots.
This victory marks a significant moment for Gauff, confirming her status as the fresh face of American tennis. Since her breakthrough win against Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019, Gauff’s ascent to tennis stardom seemed inevitable. She had dominated her age group from a young age, even winning the U.S. Open junior title at just 13. Her journey also extends beyond tennis, as she has been an outspoken advocate for civil rights causes, echoing the legacy of her grandmother, Yvonne Lee Odom, who had helped integrate her high school in the 1960s.
While her sports journey faced challenges, including struggles with her serve and forehand, Gauff’s perseverance and activism have made her not only a tennis sensation but also a prominent voice for change.
Re-reported from the article originally published in Deccan Herald