A Serena Williams’ Grand Slam Record That Coco Gauff Can Break in 2021

Published 01/08/2021, 9:30 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE September 28. Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match against Kristie Ahn of the United States in the first round of the Women’s Singles competition on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on September 28th 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Back in 2019, the world saw the rise of young tennis star Coco Gauff.  At the age of 15, she beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon and went on to reach the fourth round. That same year, she also picked up her first title at the Linz Open. She has been playing incredibly well, which is why she has the chance to go past Serena Williams on a certain list – that of the youngest Grand Slam Champions.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – September 27, 2020 Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates during her first round match against Britain’s Johanna Konta REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

In women’s tennis, there have been many young Grand Slam Champions, and the youngest was Martina Hingis. In 1997, she won the Australian Open when she was just 16 years and 117 days old. Serena Williams is at No. 6 and won her first Slam at 17 years and 350 days.

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Currently, Coco Gauff is 16 years and 301 days old. This means that she will not be able to beat Martina Hingis’ record. However, she can go past Serena on the list and she could do so before her 17th birthday!

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 24: Coco Gauff of the United States celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles third round match against Naomi Osaka of Japan day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Coco Gauff at the Australian Open

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The Australian Open is right around the corner and it is the perfect opportunity for Gauff to win a Slam before she is 17. If she achieves it, she will be the 4th player to do so after Hingis, Monica Seles, and Tracy Austin.

The American star is definitely keen on achieving this goal, which is why she has already started playing warm-up events. Currently, she is playing in Abu Dhabi, where she is off to an excellent start. She won her first match, 6-0, 6-1, and she will be playing her next one tomorrow.

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