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American teenager Coco Gauff made a stunning comeback from a set down to defeat World No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka and win her first major title on home soil at the US Open. In a thrilling final that lasted more than two hours under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night, Gauff defeated No. 2 seed Sabalenka by a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. At just 19, Gauff joined an exclusive club as the 10th teenager in history to win the US Open women’s title. Notably, she became the first American teenager to accomplish this feat on her home soil since Serena Williams’ victory in 1999 at the age of 17.
Gauff’s victory puts her in the esteemed company of tennis greats such as Tracy Austin, Stefani Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova, Bianca Andreescu, and Emma Raducanu, all of whom won the title before the age of 20. Captured his first major title. On her win, Gauff said, “I feel like I’m a little bit in shock right now. The French Open loss was heartbreaking for me, but I realize that God puts you through trials and tribulations, and that’s what this Creates the moment.” Sweeter than I thought.”
In the decisive second set, Gauff’s excellent defense and composure shone through, allowing her to level the match. After this, he dominated the third set and sealed his victory with a brilliant passing winner.
Gauff’s victory was due to her exceptional form, which was evident in Washington D.C., and marked by victories in Cincinnati, where she won her first WTA 500 and WTA 1000 titles respectively. With this win, she is set to reach world No. 3 in the updated singles rankings, while also achieving co-world No. 1 status in doubles with her partner Pegula.