Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff becomes the youngest female player to win a Grand Slam match in the qualifier rounds or in the main draw. Coco Gauff defeated the Indian Ankita Raina 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the qualifying rounds of the French Open 2019.
Gauff will face the winner of the match between Celik Susanne and Juvan Kaja in her second round of the qualifiers.
Gauff won the match at the age of 15 years and 2 months becoming the youngest player to win a major match since Martina Hingis at 1995 Australian Open. Coco Gauff entered the qualifying round of Roland Garros 2019 after winning the 2018 French Open Juniors title.
The American is also the youngest ever finalist in the girls’ singles event at the US Open 2017. Coco Gauff is also the doubles champion at the US Open 2018 Juniors event.
Gauff won a total of 71 points in the match as compared to only 57 by Ankita Raina. While Coco Gauff hit 6 double faults compared to none by Raina, Gauff was in full control on her groundstrokes as she hit only 19 unforced errors. Whereas Raina smashed 36 unforced errors. Coco Gauff was successful in converting the break points as she won 63% of breakpoints in the match.
Last year, Coco Gauff signed her first multi-year sponsorship contract with the New Balance. In an advertisement of New Balance, she is seen saying, “I want to win slams and I want to be the greatest. I first said that when I was 8 years old and it’s still never changed. I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied. And as soon as I get to one level, then I want to move to the next.”
Coco Gauff has certainly achieved a lot in very less age. It will be interesting to see how the American moves forward in the tournament. She is certainly the next-gen player to watch out for, in the near future.