American tennis legend highlights 'impressive' part in Coco Gauff's US Open win

Gauff, 19, came up big during this year's US Open and became a Slam champion.

by Dzevad Mesic
American tennis legend highlights 'impressive' part in Coco Gauff's US Open win
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American tennis legend Tracy Austin was "impressed" by how Coco Gauff handled the pressure and expectations during her great run at Flushing Meadows. Even if Gauff didn't win a WTA 1000 tournament in Cincinnati and the Washington title, the pressure and expectations would have still been very high on the American tennis star in New York.

But after winning those two titles, the expectations and pressure got even bigger on the 19-year-old. Some thought that the pressure and expectations may be a bit too much for Gauff to handle but that wasn't the case as the American ended up winning it all and lifting her first Slam after beating Aryna Sabalenka in the final.

Austin, a former two-time US Open champion, was just 16 years and nine months old when she became a Slam champion at Flushing Meadows in 1979.

Austin applauds Gauff's US Open run: Competed like a champion

"I was impressed by how well Coco managed the pressure on her way to winning the US Open.

Having won the US Open as a teenager myself, I can relate to the expectations Coco has long faced," Austin told Gauff's US Open triumph came just two months after the American suffered a major disappointment at Wimbledon.

At The Championships, Gauff was stunned by Sofia Kenin in the first round. Gauff, who was visibly dejected and crushed after her Wimbledon exit, then decided to make some changes as she hired Andre Agassi's ex-coach Brad Gilbert.

When Gauff returned to action, she went 18-1 during the North American hard court swing. "A tough first-round loss at Wimbledon motivated her to make a change, adding the highly experienced Brad Gilbert to her coaching team.

She then had a turnaround summer, winning titles in DC and Cincinnati and arrived in New York with justifiably high hopes. Every time Coco played, the American crowd was heavily in her corner. And every time, Coco competed like a champion," Austin reflected. Gauff is now ranked at No 3 and she is the top-ranked American woman.

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