FEATURED PHOTO: COCO GAUFF WINS 2023 US OPEN TOURNAMENT
TennisWorldUSA.org, By Lorenzo Ciotti, Posted September 11th 2023
Thanks to her victory in the 2023 US Open final against Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff is the youngest American tennis player to win a Slam since Serena Williams.A victory that came after losing the first set, in a match that wasn’t aesthetically beautiful, but where the young tennis player had stronger nerves than her opponent and managed to overturn a rather complicated match, closing with the result of 2-6 6 -3 6-2.With this success, Coco has become number 3 in the world and brings the ever-distant Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka closer.
After this tournament, the Belarusian becomes number 1 in the world. In the press conference the American tennis player analyzed this match: “Nervous? There is nothing more dramatic right now, today I faced this match as if it were any challenge but honestly I wasn’t nervous at the beginning.
I knew I had to behave like this and it was difficult, but I am very happy with this result. When did I change? After Roland Garros I think a lot of things changed, there in the final I felt a lot of pressure and I understood that I had to reset.
Losing at Wimbledon was tough, I thought I could do better but today I just played my best tennis. She is a strong and powerful tennis player, she puts you on the defensive and she doesn’t always. At one point I made a great point with a backhand pass, the crowd was enthusiastic and I had the feeling that I could really win.”
Sabalenka wins the first set 6-2.
The match seemed entirely on the Belarusian’s side, but after missing a chance at the start of the second she suffered a comeback from Gauff. Coco plays very fast tennis, emulating what his young SUP colleague Carlos Alcaraz has often done, closing the second set 6-3 and rebalancing the match.The American plays an amazing third set, going 4-0, and then closing 6-2.
Coco Gauff won the US Open and will rise to number 3 in the ranking, while Sabalenka, who won the Australian Open this year, will be the new no.1 in the WTA ranking.The new number one in women’s tennis struggled to hold back tears in the on court interview, saying ironically with amusement towards the crowd that applauded her: “You guys could’ve supported like this during the match!”