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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Berkeley chapter.

From surprising people with her packed, mid-match snack of fresh fruit to posting on Tik Tok, and then going on to become one of the youngest Americans to win the US Open women’s single since 1999, Coco Gauff hasn’t only won numerous awards, but also the hearts of many. 

Coco Gauff is a rising star, and her recent win permanently etched her name on the U.S. Open winning trophy. During the Open, Gauff was able to advance to further rounds thanks to her undeniable talent.

CNN authors ​​Zoe Sottile and Eryn Mathewson wrote, “​​The world No. 10 women’s singles player, has defeated Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 2-6 6-3 6-2.”

Gauff has continued to exhibit her extraordinary skills, with her agility and ability of her court coverage leaving her opponents in awe and amazed. In her acceptance speech after the match, Gauff told ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez, “The French Open loss was a heartbreak for me. But I realized God put you through tribulations and trials and that makes this moment even sweeter than I could have imagined.”

Gauff is a clear example of the adage, “age is just a number,” because despite her young age, she’s displayed a level of maturity beyond her years.

As Coco Gauff lifted the U.S. Open trophy, she solidified herself not only as a tennis prodigy, but also an inspiration for aspiring tennis players seeking representation and belonging in a highly exclusive sport like tennis.

According to ESPN author D’Arcy Maine, “Gauff said it was an honor to have her name listed on the same trophy as Williams and her sister Venus, who won the title a combined eight times.”

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Her success is an example of what is possible with determination and hard work for the next generations due to the former tennis players that have paved the way. Not only that, but after four years, her win has come full circle.

In 2019 after she lost to Naomi Osaka, she was devastated. Osaka kindly offered her to come to the post-win conference, since the U.S. Open was played in Gauff’s home turf, but Gauff declined, “knowing she would cry.” Osaka would state that she’s seen Gauff practice, since they train at the same place, and praised Gauff and her parents for raising an amazing player.

Four years later, Gauff has won the U.S. Open women’s singles with Naomi Osaka being in the stands cheering her on. 

With Coco Gauff winning, the tennis community and many others are excited to see what the future holds for Gauff. With her amazing skills and determination, Gauff will continue to make waves and create tennis history in the future. The world should continue to watch out for this young star, as she’s undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with. 

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Ahtziri Junes

UC Berkeley '25

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