COCO Gauff fell to the court in ecstasy tonight after coming from a set down to defeat Aryna Sabalenka in the women’s singles final of the US Open in New York.
The 19-year-old American defeated the 25-year-old Belarusian 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win her first-ever Grand Slam title.
With the victory, Gauff will climb from No.6 to the third-ranked women’s player in the world, the highest in her young career.
The win was a fulfillment of the potential Gauff has long promised as she overcame a slow start to outlast the much more experienced second seeded Australian Open champion, who was aiming for a second major title.
Gauff was cheered on by almost the entire 24,000 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and they erupted in celebration as she served out the match.
Gauff, overcome with emotion, made a heart sign to the fans before going up to the stands to see her parents Corey and Candi.
The teenager is the first American to win the title since Sloane Stephens in 2017 and the youngest American to win it since Serena Williams in 1999.
In her victory speech, Gauff thanked her family, friends and coaches.
She also thanked those who doubted her for giving her the fuel to push on, and the New York crowds for their support.