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Coco Gauff becomes first American teenager since Serena Williams to win women's singles Grand Slam title 

Published at :September 10, 2023 at 8:02 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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(Courtesy : People Magazine)

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She is the 10th teenager ever to win the title at the Championships

Coco Gauff becomes the first American teenager to win a women's Grand Slam title this century after defeating World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in three sets in US Open 2023. She is also the third American teenager to clinch the title at Flushing Meadows. Two decades back it was Serena Williams who won the women's singles Grand Slam championship at the US Open in 1999 as teenager.

This was Gauff's maiden Grand Slam victory with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, which she won against the second seed, who is set to become the new World No. 1 when the rankings are out next week. The match was played in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Gauff had previously seen her favourite players, the William sisters play.

In the decider, with a 4-1 lead Gauff stuttered briefly and lost her serve, giving Sabalenka hope for her own thrilling comeback. But in the following game, Gauff closed the gap to the title with a looping forehand and stinging put away combination that has been a trademark of her play.

Gauff, who competed in her first Grand Slam in 2019, shattered the record for Wimbledon's youngest qualifier by making it all the way to the fourth round. After suffering a heartbreaking setback during the French Open last year, the newly crowned US Open champion has made a fantastic comeback to win the titles in Washington and Cincinnati Masters. 

The 19-year-old finished an amazing, overwhelming hardcourt swing with her first grand slam triumph after suffering a devastating first-round Wimbledon loss. She has since won 12 straight matches and 18 of her last 19 after suffering a loss at the Wimbledon Championships. The sixth seed will rise to World No. 3 in the WTA rankings, a new career high.