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Living up to expectations is difficult. The task becomes complicated when you are heralded to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest female tennis players ever. This was Coco Gauff’s conundrum when she was likened to Serena Williams after turning pro in 2018.
Five years later, she has picked up the gauntlet and has yet to turn 20. She already has a Grand Slam in her trophy cabinet and will look to add more to her ranks in the coming years. Her US Open triumph in 2023 serves what should be expected.
It was just the realization of a prophecy after she reached the French Open final as an 18-year-old last year. However, there is still a long way for her to go as evidenced by her two fourth-round exits at both the Australian Open and the Championships. The WTA Tour Finals is another milestone she has to achieve after finishing as runner-up in 2022.
With plenty of tennis yet to come from the American starlet, lets take a look at her upcoming schedule.
Coco Gauff’s next tournament & match
|Coco Gauff’s next match and odds|
|Next Tournament||Guadalajara Open|
|Next Match Date and Time||17/09/23|
|Coco Gauff Odds||TBA|
Following her first-round exit at the All-England Club, Gauff turned her attention to the North American hard-court swing with vengeance on her mind. Anyone and everyone succumbed to her offensive playing style.
The Citi Open was claimed in Washington before making the quarter-final stage at the Canadian Open. She was back to winning ways in Cincinnati, defeating Karolina Muchova in the final. This was followed up with the ultimate prize as she triumphed at Flushing Meadows.
All eyes will be on her as she turns her attention towards the Guadalajara Open. Seven of the top ten WTA pros will be represented in Mexico and they will be readying themselves to test her abilities in the meeting.
Coco Gauff’s last match – US Open final vs Aryna Sabalenka
There are few opportunities that can be as daunting as playing in the finals of the US Open. The task gets complicated when you have to test your wits against the soon-to-be world number 1. This was the job at hand for Gauff in the US Open final. It looked bleak after the 6-2 first-set washout.
However, Gauff would not let up and prove why the headlines would read ‘Triumph of the Gauff Way’ in the aftermath of this fixture. The 19-year-old put Sabalenka on the back foot and turned the tables for an epic comeback. It was achieved in style as Coco won the second set 6-3 and the deciding set 6-2 to claim her first Grand Slam.
Coco Gauff 2023 campaign so far
In 2023, few names have shined as brightly as Coco’s. The young American sensation embarked on an incredible journey in 2023, leaving a trail of success and silverware in her wake. Her campaign began with determination and resilience, ultimately culminating in unforgettable moments of triumph.
It all kicked off with a resounding victory at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. She showcased her prowess on the hard courts, defeating opponents with confidence and grace. In the final, Gauff faced the determined Rebeka Masarova, securing the championship title and setting the tone for what would be an outstanding year ahead.
The journey continued at the Australian Open. Gauff faced tough competition, which revealed that she still has to make adjustments to proper on the main tour. Jelena Ostapenko showcased her weaknesses and ended her run in Melbourne.
Her next pitstop was in Qatar, where Gauff demonstrated her consistent form, reaching the quarterfinals of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open. Next up was the prestigious BNP Paribas Open, where Gauff made it to the finals before exiting at the hands of the then-world number 1, Iga Swiatek.
Returning to the States, she navigated her way to the quarterfinals of Indian Wells. She displayed her resilience but came up short against the formidable Aryna Sabalenka, who defeated her in the quarter-finals. In the second leg of the Sunshine Double, her star waned as she succumbed to a third-round exit.
While the title eluded her, Gauff’s presence in the latter stages of the tournament was a testament to her rising star. However, the rigours of the tour was taking its toll. At the start of the European clay court swing, she suffered a second-round exit at the hands of Anastasia Potapova in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Another third-round exit followed in the clay courts of Madrid and Rome.
Her clay court tournament results marked their challenges, it showcased Gauff’s steady progress on clay. This would help her register one of the highlights of the 2023 campaign, her impressive run at Roland Garros, where she reached the quarterfinals. Eventual champion, Iga Swiatek ended her run as she defended her title.
Next up was the grass court swing. Transitioning was difficult as she succumbed in the second round in Berlin. However, she was quick to adapt and in Eastbourne, Gauff progressed to the semifinals at the Rothesay International, where compatriot Madison Keys ended her run. It increased expectations at Wimbledon but she made an early exit in the Round of 128 against Sofia Kenin.
Nevertheless, the experience gained on the iconic grass courts would undoubtedly prove invaluable in her North American hard-court campaign. Coco’s campaign reached a crescendo at the Mubadala Citi DC Open in Washington D.C. In a memorable final showdown, she emerged victorious against Maria Sakkari, clinching the championship title with her signature blend of power and finesse.
Her journey in Canada continued with the Omnium Banque Nationale présenté par Rogers. Gauff battled her way to the quarterfinals, where she faced Jessica Pegula in a tough match. The then number 4 defeated her in a memorable three-setter on her way to the title.
The pinnacle of Gauff’s 2023 campaign came at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. In the final, she exhibited her remarkable skills, defeating Karolina Muchova to claim the championship title, marking a stunning achievement in her career.
The Grand Slam season concluded at the US Open, and this is where Gauff’s star shone the brightest. In a stunning display of skill, determination, and unwavering resolve, the teenager etched her name in the annals of tennis history at the 2023 US Open. In the final showdown, Gauff squared off against the second-seeded Belarusian powerhouse, Aryna Sabalenka.
What followed was a remarkable demonstration of her talent and tenacity as she battled back from a set down to claim the title with a resounding 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. It was a moment of triumph that showcased her ability to shine on the grandest stage of tennis.
Leading up to her crowning achievement, Gauff’s path to the final was paved with victories. She navigated through a challenging draw that included a gritty semifinal clash with Karolina Muchova and a dominating performance against Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals. Her journey was marked by resilience, precision, and an indomitable spirit.
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