Gauff arrives in Paris, again
During Coco Gauff’s 2018 run to the Roland-Garros girls’ title, she took down future US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez on her way to the final against Caty McNally, who defeated future world No.1 Swiatek in the semi-finals.
(See why you should be paying attention to the juniors at Roland-Garros?)
Fast forward four years, and 18-year-old Gauff is now the youngest woman to play a Grand Slam final since Maria Sharapova at 2004 Wimbledon.
She’s also a double threat: in singles, she dropped just one set en route to her first Grand Slam final, and she also partnered with Jessica Pegula to reach her second Grand Slam women's doubles final, where they eventually lost in three to Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.
It was an unexpected result for the young American, who had been struggling to find consistency this year, but one she is determined to build off of.
“Going in, I know I've been saying a lot, ‘Oh, it's just a tennis match, it doesn't matter’. Really, that's what I believe. It doesn't matter,” Gauff said, amid tears during her post-final press conference.
“I mean, with the emotions now I'm feeling it a lot, but tomorrow I'm gonna wake up and be really proud of myself.”