Cori Gauff brings the WTA Tour into the future. Fifteen-year-old American won her first title in Linz, in the final against Jelena Ostapenko, becoming the youngest WTA player to win a title since 2004 Nicole Vaidisova's win.
With this victory Gauff also entered into the Top-100 of the WTA ranking (at the 71st position), following up on all the wonders already seen until the fourth round of Wimbledon and the third round of the US Open. Gauff, born in 2004, has already written important pages of her personal adventure in tennis, but despite her young age she already showed qualities that only the predestined have.
With her, American women's tennis has already secured a star for at least another fifteen or twenty years, and this is not an exaggeration, considering her young age. This was the season for the young players: Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin, Amanda Anisimova, Dayana Yastremska, Marketa Vondrousova.
But Gauff is relatively younger than these girls. Obviously it is too early to be able to define what she will become; tennis has changed, it is no longer that of twenty or even ten years ago. There are more reflectors, more pressure.
The physical and technical qualities of Gauff are undoubted, despite the fact that she is still very young and will have to improve many aspects of her tennis. The mental aspect is already impressive, but it is simple to say it now.
Her solidity will be evaluated in the next five or six years. She will have to be good at maintaining concentration, determination and will always at the same level if she wants to emulate Serena and Venus Williams. And being a very early talent, it will not be easy to always maintain the same constancy over the next few years and, at the same time, raise the level and grow from year to year.
She will also have to find a complete team that can handle her at three hundred and sixty degrees. The popularity this year has soared and in this case, considering her fifteen years, she will have to be very good at managing this context too. But meanwhile, Coco has already become a star.