Coco Gauff becomes first player since Serena Williams in 2009 to achieve this



by DZEVAD MESIC

Coco Gauff becomes first player since Serena Williams in 2009 to achieve this
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Coco Gauff has emulated a highly impressive Serena Williams feat as the 19-year-old is the first player since the American tennis icon in 2009 to finish the year ranked inside the top-3 in both singles and doubles. Following her first Grand Slam victory at the US Open, Gauff also achieved a career-high ranking of No 3 in the world and replaced Jessica Pegula as the top-ranked American woman.

Although Gauff doesn't play doubles nearly as much as singles, she still finished the year ranked at the world No 3 spot. This year, Gauff appeared in 14 doubles tournaments with Jessica Pegula as they made four finals and won two titles in Doha and Miami.

Also, Gauff and Pegula were semifinalists at the Australian Open and French Open. All in all, Gauff played lots of tennis this year and also enjoyed great success.

Gauff emulates idol Williams' impressive feat

This year, Gauff emulated Williams' feats a few times.

At the US Open, Gauff became the first American teenager to win the title since Williams in 1999. After becoming a Slam champion at Flushing Meadows just like her idol in 1999, Gauff had a special message for Serena and Venus Williams.

“Yes, it's crazy. I mean, they're the reason why I have this trophy today, to be honest. They have allowed me to believe in this dream, you know, growing up. You know, there wasn't too many just Black tennis players dominating the sport.

It was literally, at that time when I was younger, it was just them that I can remember. Obviously, more came because of their legacy. So it made the dream more believable. But all the things that they had to go through, they made it easier for someone like me to do this.

I mean, you look back at the history with Indian Wells, with Serena, all she had to go through, Venus fighting for equal pay. Yeah, it's just, like, it's crazy and it's an honor to be in that kind of lineup as them. And I'm looking at it, and she's won this a lot of times (laughter)," Gauff said.

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