Coco Gauff becomes youngest player since Maria Sharapova to achieve this feat


Coco Gauff becomes youngest player since Maria Sharapova to achieve this feat
Coco Gauff becomes youngest player since Maria Sharapova to achieve this feat © Getty Images Sport - Elsa

Coco Gauff has become the youngest player since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to be ranked inside the top-3 on the WTA rankings. Gauff, who turned 19 in March, reached a career-high ranking of No 3 this Monday following her US Open win.

With that achievement, Gauff became the youngest player in the top-3 since tennis legend Sharapova in October 2006. Also, Gauff is now the highest-ranked American female tennis player. At this year's US Open, Jessica Pegula entered as the American No 1.

Gauff ready for what is about to come

Now that Gauff is a Grand Slam champion and the highest-ranked American female tennis player, naturally, there is going to be increased attention and expectations on the 19-year-old American.

But Gauff is ready for what is set to come as she suggests that this is not anything new to her. “I feel like this is a big achievement, but honestly, I feel like I've been so used to this since I was basically 15 years old in high school, doing online school, just used to it.

I mean, I'm sure it might be a much bigger scale now because of this achievement, but I'm ready. I mean, I embrace it. I know how to keep my peace but also embrace all of this around me. It's been difficult. I mean, it's been a long journey to this point.

I wasn't a fully developed player, and I still think I have a lot of development to go at that moment. I think people were putting a lot of pressure on me to win. I felt that at 15 I had to win a slam at 15. I remember I lost when I was 17 and there was a stat, they were like, ‘Oh, she's not going to win a slam before Serena's age.’ It was stuff like that that I felt like I had a time limit on when I should win one, and if I won one after a certain age it wouldn't be an achievement.

It's just crazy the amount of things that I have heard or seen about myself, but I'm really happy of how I've been able to manage it all,” Gauff said.

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