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Coco Gauff Clinches US Open Title with Victory Over Sabalenka

American teenage sensation Coco Gauff staged a remarkable comeback to secure her first Grand Slam title at the US Open. Gauff, 19, faced a formidable opponent in Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, the second seed. Despite a shaky start that saw her lose the first set 2-6, Gauff displayed incredible determination on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. In a gritty battle lasting 2 hours and 6 minutes, she triumphed with a final score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

This victory marked a fairy-tale turnaround for the sixth-seeded Floridian, who had experienced heartbreak earlier in the season with a first-round exit at Wimbledon. Gauff’s resilience shone through as she bounced back, winning titles in Washington and Cincinnati. However, her US Open win now stands as the crowning achievement of her career, especially after the devastating loss she suffered at the French Open the previous year.

Speaking about her victory, an elated Gauff expressed, “It means so much to me. I feel like I’m a little bit in shock in this moment. That French Open loss (last year) was a heartbreak for me. That makes this moment even sweeter than I could imagine.” Gauff became the third American teenager to claim the US Open title, following in the footsteps of Tracy Austin and Serena Williams.

Gauff, known for her strong spirit, also used her victory speech to humorously thank those who had doubted her talents, saying, “Honestly, thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me. To those who thought they were putting water on my fire, they were putting gas on my fire, and I’m burning so bright right now.”

The match had a tumultuous start, with Sabalenka taking an early lead. Gauff, however, managed to break back, and Sabalenka’s serve remained shaky. Sabalenka took the first set, but Gauff began to find her rhythm in the second set, making fewer unforced errors.

The pivotal moment came when Gauff broke Sabalenka’s serve, taking a 3-1 lead. She continued to hold her serve and secured the second set. The momentum firmly favored Gauff in the final set, where she secured an early break and maintained her composure.

Despite Sabalenka’s efforts to mount a comeback, Gauff proved relentless, breaking her opponent once more to secure a 5-2 lead. Gauff sealed her victory with a love hold, finishing the match with a backhand winner.

This victory marked a significant milestone in the young American’s career, solidifying her place as a rising star in the world of tennis and a Grand Slam champion at just 19 years old.


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