Billie Jean King calls Coco Gauff special one after a breakthrough season


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Billie Jean King calls Coco Gauff special one after a breakthrough season

Cori Gauff has been the one to watch ever since the US Open 2017 when she reached the junior final at the age of 13! Super talented American that works in Florida had an incredible season in 2018 too, competing as the youngest player in almost every draw she entered and proving her quality again to achieve some impressive things that will take some beating from the players of her age in the years to come.

Just after turning 14, Cor conquered Roland Garros junior crown, scored first pro wins and became ITF junior world no. 1, leaving her coevals far behind as they were only making the first steps on the junior circuit. Gauff completed the season with the Orange Bowl title, ending her junior career at the age of 14 and dreaming about entering the top-100 on the WTA list by the end of 2019, something that didn't look that realistic back in January.

Confident about her abilities and ready to work hard on various improvements of her already well-balanced game, Cori reached the first pro final in February and managed to pass the qualifying draw at Wimbledon, still ranked outside the top-300.

At the All England Club, Gauff defeated multiple Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and two other opponents to find herself in the top 16 as the youngest player there in almost 30 years, gathering momentum and showing her best tennis at the US Open where Naomi Osaka defeated her in the third round.

Making bigger and bigger movements on the list, the 15-year-old stood on the verge of the top-100 ahead of Linz and Luxembourg, entering the main draw in Austria as a lucky loser and heading all the way to claim the title and become the youngest WTA champion since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004, earning enough points to find herself well-inside the top-100 and achieving the goal set at the beginning of the year!

A week later, Gauff and Catherine McNally claimed the doubles crown in Luxembourg, their second of the year after Washington for a perfect season-ending for Cori who will have the opportunity to make her debut at the Australian Open in January by direct entry.

After everything she has achieved this year, Cori Gauff found herself on Time's 100 Next list for 2019 and earned massive recognition from legendary Billie Jean King, who called her a special one and the one to look at in the future.

"Coco Gauff has a certain 'It factor,' she is a special one. She loves the big stage, is very well prepared on and off the court, and, most importantly, she knows there are so many more opportunities ahead for her life and her career.

Because she has proved she is exceptional at tennis, she now has a platform to inspire all of us, especially young people," said Billie Jean King.