Oh my Gauff! Tennis sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff just won her first singles tennis title, defeating Jelena Ostapenko in three sets to win the WTA Linz tournament.
Gauff won against the 2017 French Open champion 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 and is now the youngest American to win a singles title since 1991.
“I'll definitely remember this moment for the rest of my life,” Gauff said as she accepted her trophy and thanked everyone who helped make the moment possible.
What makes the win more remarkable is the fact that Gauff came into the WTA Linz tournament as a “lucky loser.” For our non-tennis fans, a lucky loser is defined as a player who loses a match in a qualifying round of a knockout tournament, but then re-enters the main draw when another player withdraws. This is exactly what happened to Coco. She lost in straight sets to Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch and failed to make the main draw as a result. However, when sixth seed Maria Sakkari withdrew due to an inquiry, Gauff entered as... a lucky loser.
Now she’s a champion, ranked 71 in the world and her rise is inspiring!
In August, Coco won her first WTA doubles championship title playing with Catherine McNally at the Citi Open.
Gauff continues to make all of us proud!