1999 Serena Summoned! 19-year-old Coco Gauff, US Open champion, first GS title!

1999 Serena Summoned! 19-year-old Coco Gauff, US Open champion, first GS title!

Coco Gauff (USA, 6th place) reached the top of the 2023 US Open women’s singles. The first teenage American player to win the US Open women’s singles title in 24 years since Serena Williams in 1999 was born. It was her first Grand Slam win in front of a crowd of home fans. She proved why she is Serena’s successor by winning the US Open.

Gauff defeated Arina Sabalenka (Belarus, second place) 2-6 6-3 6-2 in the women’s singles final held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on the 9th (local time).

As this was the first US Open final for both players, the key seemed to be how to overcome the pressure. Above all, since the two had similar weaknesses in that they made many mistakes when the game went wrong, reducing the number of mistakes was a very important point to watch.

One player who seemed to overcome her pressure a little more in the first set was Sabalenka. Sabalenka attacked Gauff with her powerful forehand. She actively attacked Gauff’s deuce court side, where her forehand was relatively weak. If Sabalenka had made fewer of her outrageous smash mistakes, she could have taken the first set more easily.

Sabalenka allowed only three winners to Gauff in the first set. What was effective was that she rarely gave Gauff a chance to attack with deep-angled attacks. However, there were 14 unforced errors in the first set. She often kicked away clear scoring opportunities. Although she won the first set, the uneasy foreshadowing was starting at this point.

Gauff increased his defensive concentration in the second set. It seemed that Sabalenka’s attack was powerful, but she made many mistakes through the first set. Rather than forcefully attacking the sideline in defense, he sent it safely for Sabalenka to attack. He was confident that he could sufficiently cover the defensive range with his quick feet. 

The third game of the second set was decisive. Sabalenka had two easy finishing chances, but sent the ball into the net once and outside the baseline once. In the end, the game was lost to Gauff, and this is where the tide completely turned.

Gauff no longer allowed Sabalenka to break and took the second set. But the mood was already completely tilted towards Gauff. Sabalenka had 15 unforced errors in the second set. It is no exaggeration to say that Sabalenka gave up about three games solely due to mistakes.

The third set was a landslide victory for Gauff. Sabalenka became impatient and made a series of mistakes in the third set. Breaks were allowed in two games in a row in the beginning, increasing the score to 4-0. Sabalenka tried to turn the situation around by using a medical timeout, but Gauff’s concentration did not break.

The final rally alone was enough to encapsulate this game. Sabalenka’s attack followed Gauff’s defense. Sabalenka’s powerful backhand volley was ended by Gauff with a backhand passing shot. And so the final rally of this season’s Grand Slam women’s singles ended.

Gauff succeeded in winning 4 games this season. However, the third win came in the United States this summer. Starting with the City Open in early August, he won the Western & Southern Open and the US Open. They are also continuing their 12-game winning streak in international competitions.먹튀검증

It has been six years since Sloan Stevenson (USA) in 2017 that an American player became the US Open champion. However, if we limit ourselves to teenage American players, we have to go back to Serena Williams in 1999. Among the many ‘second Serena Williams’ who have emerged so far, none has won the Grand Slam title at an earlier age than Gauff.

Gauff broke his previous best world ranking and jumped to third place. With Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) having performed poorly recently, the women’s singles in the second half of this year is shaping up to be a three-way match between Gaup, Sabalenka, and Iga Sibiontech (Poland). 

Sabalenka reached the US Open final for the first time in her career, but her unforced errors in the final amounted to 46. With this accuracy, it was natural that she could not become a Grand Slam champion. She had to take consolation in having made it to the semifinals or higher in every Grand Slam this season and in being ranked No. 1 in the world for the first time in her career.

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