Coco Gauff Secures U.S. Open Women’s Final Victory Over Aryna Sabalenka

In New York City, Gauff defeated Belarusian player Sabalenka, who was poised to become the new world No. 1, capturing one of tennis’ most prestigious trophies.


In a historic victory at the U.S. Open women’s final, Coco Gauff has etched her name alongside other Black American women’s tennis legends like Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Althea Gibson, and Sloane Stephens. Gauff’s remarkable journey culminated in a hard-fought triumph over Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-2) on a momentous day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Coco Gauff, representing the United States, celebrates her championship victory by affectionately kissing the trophy following her triumph over Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka in the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships held in New York on Saturday.
Coco Gauff, representing the United States, celebrates her championship victory by affectionately kissing the trophy following her triumph over Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships held in New York on Saturday.

Amidst the electrifying atmosphere, Gauff, just 19 years old, displayed exceptional resilience and mettle after conceding the first set to Sabalenka, who is technically ranked as the world’s best player. Commentator Cliff Drysdale noted that it initially appeared as though Sabalenka might overpower her young opponent. However, Gauff had other plans.

Gauff’s strategy was to stay firm at the baseline, delivering precise but controlled serves while relentlessly chasing down every shot. This approach paid off when a pivotal inside-out forehand from Sabalenka in the second set went wide, and Gauff managed to level the match at one set each.

The third and deciding set proceeded swiftly, with Gauff sealing the victory when Sabalenka approached the net with a forehand volley at 2-5, only to be outdone by Gauff’s passing shot, which soared past and landed in.

Commentator Chris Evert marveled at Gauff’s performance, declaring that she had elevated her game to a level never before witnessed.

After the match, Gauff shared heartfelt moments with her family members and coach Brad Gilbert, embracing the joyous occasion and capturing it through photos and congratulations.

Gauff’s historic win at Flushing Meadows has placed her in the esteemed company of Black American women tennis icons who have left an indelible mark on the sport. Althea Gibson secured U.S. National Championship women’s singles titles in 1957 and 1958, paving the way for the U.S. Open. Venus Williams clinched the U.S. Open in 2001 and 2002, while Serena Williams dominated the championships in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Intriguingly, Serena’s six U.S. Open singles titles align with Evert’s half-dozen championships during the tournament’s modern era from 1975 to 1978 and in 1980 and 1982.

Before this remarkable victory, 19-year-old Florida native Coco Gauff had claimed five singles titles but had been relentlessly pursuing a win in one of the world’s four major tournaments, including the U.S. Open, French Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon. Gauff had previously come close, finishing as the runner-up at the French Open in 2022 and reaching the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows last year.

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