Updated: Sep 25, 2019
By Guest Contributor
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August 31, 2019
We are in the thick of the 2019 US Open in Flushing, New York, where 15 year-old American tennis prodigy, Cori “Coco” Gauff, has been dominating. Coco was last featured on this blog on July 8th, after she impressed tennis fans all over the world with three wins at her first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon. Coco is the youngest player to reach the fourth round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon since 1991, when Jennifer Capriati clenched this title. Coco’s thrilling performance at Wimbledon still elevated her ranking from number 313 to number 140.
Since then, the young Coco has gone on to compete and win against her very capable opponents at the 2019 US Open. Coco beat 18 year-old Russian player, Anastasia Potapova, in the first round and went on to defeat Hungary’s Timea Babos in the second round. Coco is now set to play world number 1 and defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka in the Women’s third round tonight, at 7:00pm EST at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
At 5’10” Coco’s physicality allows her to deliver a powerful serve and her backhand is her best shot. She is considered to be one of the quickest and most agile players on the tour.
Inspired by Venus and Serena Williams, many are saying Coco could be the next great American tennis star. Like the Williams’ sisters, she possesses both mental durability and physical talent; exactly what it takes to be a champion.
Good luck, Coco!
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