Fresh off her semifinal run in Rome at the Italian Open, Coco Gauff the 17-year old tennis prodigy cruised past China’s Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-3 before partnering with Caty McNally to win the doubles title as well.
It’s been a very busy and impressive run in Italy the last two weeks for Gauff, and it’s paid off.
She captured her second career WTA title with the straight-set win.
Gauff, said the following about her success, “It definitely means a lot especially on clay, which is really not a surface I feel like people associate with me, Gauff said. “I always liked (clay), but I always fall on it, I always get dirty!” Gauff laughed. “I have good results on it, so it’s not about my performance. It’s just that clay shows you a little extra love than the other surfaces do.”
Playing in her second tour-level final, Gauff jumped all over her opponent cruising to an early 3-0 lead. Gauff pulled away from the inspired challenger, winning four of the last five games to close out the match.
Gauff who reached a career-high ranking of No.30 on Monday, has put together a remarkable season thus far, reaching two semifinals and two quarterfinals. She’s 12-3 on clay this season.
In her victory speech, “Gauff says she hopes she can keep this going all the way to upcoming French Open in the coming weeks”
Later on Saturday, Gauff partnered with compatriot and friend Caty McNally to claim the doubles final, defeating Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac, 6-3, 6-2. They have now won three tour-level doubles titles together.
With both her wins on Saturday, Gauff becomes the youngest player to sweep the singles and doubles titles at an event since Maria Sharapova.
We have been following Gauff since she blazed onto the scene as an unknown 15-year-old and upset the great Venus Williams in 2019.
She also defeats Naomi Osaka, so she knows how to go get it with the best of them.
Coco Gauff is a budding star and the tennis world can’t wait to see how she continues to develop into a future Grand Slam winner. Tennis’ future is in some good hands as far as women of color who can continue the Williams Sisters legacy is concerned,