Coco Gauff has made America’s dream come true by following in the footsteps of her idol Serena Williams. Last Saturday, the young class of 2004 realized a lifelong dream by winning the 2023 US Open. Gauff beat Aryna Sabalenka on the power court in New York to win the first Grand Slam of her career at just nineteen years of age. In this sense, Gauff became the first teenager to win the US Open in the 21st century. The result is similar to that of Serena Williams, who won the American tournament in 1999 at just nineteen years old.
Two destinies that seem to run parallel: those of Gauff and Williams. A new story that has already made the United States a dream, after the succession of the tennis player from Saginaw. The Atlanta player broke a six-year fast at the US Open, a tournament where she has not won in women’s singles since 2017. In this case, Sloane Stephens defeated Madison Keys. Gauff celebrated not only her first Grand Slam title, but also her best result at WTA level. The 2004 class started this week ranked third in the world, behind Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka.
Coco Gauff Wins US Open: Class of 2004 Follows in Serena Williams’ Footsteps
His 2023 saw a gradual climb towards his first Grand Slam title. In January, Coco won the WTA 250 tournament in Auckland, defeating Spaniard Rebeca Masarova. However, in August, the American won the WTA 500 tournament in Washington over the Greek Maria Sakkari. Two weeks later, Gauff won her first WTA 1000 tournament, defeating Muchova in Cincinnati. Extraordinary progress that has allowed her to win 38 matches this season. Gauff was followed in New York by movie stars of the caliber of Diane Keaton, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron.
At the same time, pop singer Justin Bieber also wanted to watch the class of 2004 match. However, the player was also supported by former US President Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle. After the match, Obama posted a tweet on his official profile in which he congratulated the nineteen-year-old boy. The former American president was preceded by his wife Michelle by a few minutes. The former first lady shared a photo with Gauff, her husband and the player’s family, highlighting the importance of her result. Satisfaction and best wishes also come from Bill Clinton, who emphasizes that American tennis has a bright future thanks to Gauff.