Coco Gauff had a strong message for her haters and doubters following her US Open victory. Gauff, 19, became a Grand Slam champion after beating Aryna Sabalenka 2-6 6-3 6-2 in the US Open final. Following her US Open win, Gauff concluded her summer on hard courts with three titles as she also won Washington and Cincinnati leading up to the final Grand Slam of the year.
Gauff went 18-1 on hard courts this summer. “Thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me. Like a month ago, I won a 500 title (Washington, DC) and people said I would stop at that. Two weeks ago I won a 1000 title (Cincinnati) and people were saying that was the biggest I was going to get.
So three weeks later, I’m here with this trophy right now. I tried my best to carry this with grace and I’ve been doing my best. So, honestly, to those who thought [they] were putting water on my fire, you’re really adding gas to it.
And now I’m really burning so bright right now. I just felt like people were, like, ‘oh, she’s hit her peak and she’s done. It was all hype.’ I see the comments. People don’t think I see it, but I see it.
I’m very aware of tennis Twitter. I know y’all’s usernames, so I know who’s talking trash," Gauff said.
Gauff gets the job done
After winning Washington and becoming a WTA 1000 champion in Cincinnati, Gauff's next goal was to also lift her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
At the US Open, Gauff also got the job done and she has now won on every level, except the WTA Finals. Also, Gauff - who entered the US Open ranked at No 6 in the world - has clinched a career-high ranking of No 3 in the world.
After a huge summer, Gauff will now take some time to rest. Gauff's next big goal will probably be to try to win the WTA Finals.