Coco Gauff is a Grand Slam champion after defeating Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka at the 2023 US Open on Saturday.
It is the first major women’s singles title for the 19-year-old. According to People, this makes her the youngest American to win since Serena Williams did it at 17 in 1999.
“I feel a little bit in shock at this moment,” Gauff said. “That French Open loss was a heartbreak for me, and that makes this moment even more sweeter than I could imagine.”
Gauff defeated Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, and 6-2 after getting off to a rocky start. After the match, Gauff fell to the ground and sobbed in celebration. And in a touching moment after hugging Sabalenka, she ran into the crowd to hug her parents.
Gauff’s win comes on the heels of her first-round loss at Wimbledon, which saw her bring in a whole new team. She acknowledged this week that the coaching change was something she felt would significantly impact the future. It looks to be paying off immediately for Gauff.
Since then, she has won titles in Washington, D.C., and Cincinnati. She came into the US Open as one of the favorites.