Fifteen-year-old tennis sensation Coco Gauff has already won her first WTA title — the triumph has arrived in doubles competition alongside fellow American teenager Caty McNally, without dropping a set as unseeded wildcards.
After a run to the fourth round of Wimbledon made the entire tennis community closely follow her career, Gauff made up for the early loss in Washington singles with a title run in doubles, as she partnered with two years older youngster McNally and defeated fourth seeds Hungary’s Fanny Stollar and American Maria Sanchez 6-2 6-2 in the final that lasted 65 minutes.
This was McCoco‘s first WTA tournament together, although they won last year’s US Open junior doubles title as a tandem.
Gauff commented on the victory:
Obviously we want to do well in singles, but I think we just love competing in general, so whether it’s singles or doubles, we want to win no matter what. So I think that we really get as nervous as we do in doubles as we do in singles because we just want to make the other one proud.
When it comes to singles, Gauff contested her third WTA main draw at the Citi Open, but fell in the first round to Kazakh Zarina Diyas, while McNally reached her first WTA singles semifinal, losing to Camilla Giorgi just hours before her doubles final.
During the week in Washington DC, Gauff made one more dream come true — she met Michelle Obama, as the former First Lady became her fan during Wimbledon.
Today I got to meet my idol @MichelleObama 😍. Her words and wisdom on my journey will stay with me on the court over the course of my career. She is a true inspiration. I have never arrived, I am always becoming! Thank you for your time. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/RsBhxrbAkc
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) August 1, 2019
McCoco’s plans are ambitious. The US Open is their next target (they will enter the draw either through qualifying or as wildcards) and Gauff confidently has her eyes on the big prize:
I think our goal is to win it, and I think we’re not going to expect anything, we’re just going to expect to play our best. But I’m not going to say let’s see how far we can go, because I think, to be honest, the way we’re playing, we can go as far as we want.