When Coco Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka in three sets to win the US Open. The stadium erupted in a roar of joy and delight, and when Gauff fell to the ground, the crowd rose in unison.
As the 19-year-old realized the potential she had initially shown by defeating Venus Williams at Wimbledon as a 15-year-old, there were celebrations all throughout the US as celebrities, other tennis players, and numerous Presidents offered the player their approval.
After becoming the first American woman under the age of 30 to win the US Open since Serena Williams in 1999, Gauff told Carolyn Manno that those initial expectations had “a lot” of impact on her.
After winning 2-6 6-3 6-2, she stated, “I learnt how to just keep within myself but also love it. “In the past, I tried to ignore it, but now I’m really embracing it, and I feel like I still have a very long way to go in terms of my player development. Even though today wasn’t my finest, I still needed to prevail at that particular time.
Gauff has long been considered one of tennis’s up-and-coming stars, and the American public in especially has come to respect her for her maturity both on and off the court, intelligence, and ability to express herself.
President Joe Biden congratulated U.S. Open champion Coco Gauff on X, formerly known as Twitter. “You ignited Arthur Ashe Stadium and the entire country; it was the first of many electrifications to come and evidence that everything is possible if you never give up and never stop believing. You have greatly pleased America.
Barack and Michelle Obama, who had watched Gauff’s first-round play against Laura Siegmund from the spectators, also gave her their congratulations on X.
“We couldn’t be prouder of you on and off the court – and we know the best is yet to come,” the former president Obama said, while Michelle Obama praised Gauff’s “hard work and grit” and posted a photo of their post-match chat.