Failing to Fulfill the US Open Dream Herself, Taylor Townsend Forwards the Onus to 19YO Coco Gauff With a 1-Word Message After Her Semifinal Win Over Karolina Muchova

Published Sep 8, 2023 | 9:41 AM EDT

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Numerous dreams are forged on the intense and competitive tennis courts of the US Open. Two American tennis stars have cut their names into the chronicles of history. In this stupendous auditorium where legends are made and fates are composed, Coco Gauff and Taylor Townsend stand as brilliant illustrations of unfaltering perseverance. The 19-year-old tennis ace has caught the hearts of fans all over the planet with her unprecedented run in Flushing Meadows. Townsend, who was also expected to make it to the finals of doubles championship, recently posted a heartwarming Instagram story with one strong word for Gauff.

On the cusp of her maiden New York triumph, Gauff has climbed the ranks of American tennis with elegance and assurance. Her journey to the US Open final has been remarkable and striking. Townsend thinks so too.

Taylor Townsend shares a heartfelt message for Coco Gauff and her historic journey to the US Open Final


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Coco Gauff and her enthralling excursion to the US Open final arrived after an exhilarating semifinal against Karolina Muchova. The match lived up to its billing as the two players gave their all in their quest for triumph.

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Gauff saddled the energy of the New York fans and, with striking balance, defeated Muchova with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph, marking her spot in the US Open final.


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Despite losing the doubles semifinals, Townsend posted on her Instagram story a striking photo of Gauff with her iconic racquet after her compatriot’s dominating victory. The American tennis star wrote, “Beastinnn.”

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Her one-word message epitomizes the reverence that Gauff’s journey has roused. It also shows the bond that exists between the two stars. This bond was particularly evident last year when they were involved in a unique challenge.


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Gauff once shared a playful viral challenge with Townsend

In 2022, Gauff and Townsend took part in the viral tortilla challenge, adding their twist to the internet sensation. The challenge involves holding water in their mouths and playing rock-paper-scissors. The twist? The winner gets to deliver a tortilla slap to the opponent’s face.

During their playful face-off, Gauff and Townsend engaged in the first round of the tortilla challenge. The 2022 French Open finalist emerged victorious in the rock-paper-scissors game, leading to a tortilla slap that turned out to be more intense than expected.


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The force behind the slap sent both players into fits of laughter. It led them to theatrically spit out the water they were holding. Amidst laughter, Gauff had defended her enthusiastic slap. In the subsequent round, Townsend won the rock-paper-scissors game but opted for a gentler touch, avoiding the full force of the tortilla slap.

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Written by:

Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon


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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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Tony Thomas