Cori 'Coco' Gauff Has Advanced As The Youngest Player To The Third Round Of The U.S. Open Because She’s That Damn Good
That's our girl!
After an amazing match Thursday night, our girl Cori "Coco" Gauff is the youngest player to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open.
The rising athlete squared off with Timea Babos of Hungary during the women's singles in the Louis Armstrong Stadium before breaking her serve to end a consecutive three-set win.
"I thought that the first set, I definitely was in control. In the second set, she raised her level and I wasn't able to finish the set," Gauff said.
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The American phenom is the youngest player to reach the third round of the women's singles since Anna Kournikova in 1996.
With a stadium of supporting fans, including Kobe Byrant, cheering her on, the 15-year-old prevailed, shouting in excitement.
In a very heartwarming video posted on Twitter, fans chanted her name at the conclusion of the game.
"I don’t even know how to really thank you guys. I’m super honored to be American and play in New York City," she said.
Gauff was entered into the U.S. Open as a wild-card entry to compete in the main draw.
As the youngest qualifying player, the tennis star rose to fame after defeating her idol, Venus Williams, at Wimbledon in July.
In a 2017 interview with ESPN, Gauff credited Venus and Serena Williams as her inspiration.
The Atlanta, Georgia, native will face off with the U.S. Open champion, Naomi Osaka, on Saturday.
She will make her debut against 21-year-old Osaka in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"Obviously she's an amazing player," said Gauff. "She's defending champion. She's won two slams. She's number one. She's only 21."
"We're both pretty young. But I'm a little bit newer to the game. So I'm just curious to see how my game matches up against her," she added.