18-year-old Coco Gauff has again brought glory to the black community by becoming the youngest tennis player to reach the US Open quarterfinals. This moment of pride came after 13 years when Melanie Oudin reached the US Open quarterfinals in 2009.Coco made history by defeating China’s Shuai Zhang in the final match.
The match was tough. She scored 5-4 and 5-3 in the first and second sets. She almost lost the game. The crowd in Ashe Stadium, however, continued to cheer her. She did not want to let them down. She made a two-handed backhand in the decisive game, and Zhang volleyed the ball into the net, victory 7-5, 7-5. She waved her finger in front of the crowd, a gesture to show “they” had won. The crowd roared even more.
Gauff has excelled both in her tennis career and in academics. She started her remarkable career after defeating Venus Williams at only 15 years of age. This year, Gauff graduated from high school and became the youngest grand slam finalist. Her current ranking is 12, and she is all set to enter the top 10 WTA rankings.
Gauff is all thanks to the crowd for the immense support. She told the media that it was the high energy from the spectators that helped her play a winning game. She got crazy and felt that the stadium was calling her name. Gauff is enjoying appraisal not just by her fans but also by her competitors.
Gauff’s father, Corey, was excited. He found it hard to believe that so many people were there to support Coco. His daughter never won a match in Ashe Stadium, but she found her home this time. He wished for Gauff to play the rest of the tournament in the same stadium. Gauff will now compete against Carolina Garcia, a French national who ranks 17 in the WTA rankings. Garcia is excitedly waiting for her next match with Gauff in New York, in the quarterfinals of a Slam.
The energetic young player has won 11 out of 13 matches. The young sprinter takes Serena Williams as her role model and wants to compete with her. After the retirement of Serena Williams, we can still enjoy outstanding performances and expect the Magic of the Black to continue.