Coco Gauff Reaches Career High Ranking After Strong Run at WTA Dubai 2021

Published 03/12/2021, 8:55 AM EST
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 28: Cori Gauff waves to the crowd after defeating Hiroko Kuwata of Japan during qualifying for the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on July 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


American teenage sensation Coco Gauff crashed out of the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships in the quarterfinals stage, but she has a lot to cheer for. With the points earned from the tournament, Gauff again surged in the WTA rankings to reach her career-best ranking.

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Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her second round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Gauff started WTA Dubai ranked 40th after a semifinal appearance at WTA Adelaide International. She was at 1632 points. But after reaching the quarterfinals of WTA Dubai, she earned 190 points which will put her at 35th when the rankings are updated on Monday.

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Gauff started the 2021 season ranked 48th. Post that, she momentarily fell out of the top 50.

But a deep run at the WTA 500 event in Adelaide earned her 210 points, pushing her upward to 38th. Dubai, being a WTA 1000 tournament, gave more points to Gauff. The American was beaten by Swiss player Jil Teichmann in the quarterfinals.

Coco Gauff is the youngest player in the top 100 WTA Rankings

Coco will soon turn 17, but she will still remain the youngest player in the top 100. Furthermore, she is only soaring higher. It is interesting to note that the next best under-18 player in the WTA rankings is ranked way below Gauff at 352.

Coco Gauff of the U.S. in action during her match against Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Moreover, Gauff is not slacking in doubles. She is inside the top 50 of the WTA doubles rankings as well. For now, the teenager is firing in both singles and doubles.

Coco Gauff’s uneasy WTA Dubai match

WTA Dubai was also famous for Coco for different reasons. Her second-round clash with Marketa Vondrousova had severe nasty exchanges. Both the players left their pleasantries and had serious arguments during the match. There were taunts, stares, loud grunts, and much more from both the players.

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“My personality, I mean, I fight fire with fire. I lost those two points in that game (after their discussion) and she had wild screams. I like to scream, so I screamed back.”

Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her first round match against Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Next in line for Coco should be to get seeded in the Grand Slams. At the age of 17, Gauf could well be one of the youngest seeded players in Grand Slam history. She will just have to jump a few spots in the rankings ahead of French Open, which is a few months away.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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