How Can Coco Gauff Join Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, and Jennifer Brady to Qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2021?

Published 05/22/2021, 7:47 AM EDT
Mar 25, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Cori Gauff of the United States hits a forehand against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (not pictured) of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


It seems that Tokyo Olympics 2021 will happen this year, and, understandably, some players are eager to represent their countries at the highest level of sports. Qualification for the Olympics is straightforward, but the limit of having four players from one country is difficult for nations like the USA, which has a large pool to choose its players from. In 2021, many players are eyeing that top-four spot, and among them is teenage sensation, Coco Gauff.

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Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her third round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

With her ranking well inside the top 30, Gauff has qualified for Tokyo Olympics. However, there are already seven Americans in the top 30 alone, which makes the Olympics’ criteria of four players from one country trickier to deal with.

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Who all are in the mix of qualifications along with Coco Gauff?

The top three Americans are Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, and Jennifer Brady. They are well ahead of the chasing pack and will represent the United States in the Tokyo Olympics.

The current tussle for the last spot is between Madison Keys, Jessica Pegula, Alison Riske, and Coco Gauff.

However, by reaching the finals of WTA Parma, Gauff has pushed herself above Riske and Pegula. Hence, at Roland Garros, she will be the fifth-highest ranked American.

Coco Gauff of the United States hits a forehand against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (not pictured) of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports.

The difference between Keys, Gauff, Riske, and Pegula is very slim. They will fight it out among each other for the last spot in the qualification. The ranking on 14 June will be considered for the Olympics, meaning the French Open 2021 is an opportunity for the players to climb up the ladder.

It is highly likely that the fourth position will go to the player with the best result at French Open 2021. Keys is defending 430 points, and she is at the risk of losing a lot of points. Gauff, Pegula, and Riske don’t have a lot of points to defend and that is why they will most likely fight it out.

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Moreover, looking at their form, it looks certain Gauff can go deep in Paris. She reached the semifinals in Rome and now could win her first clay title as well. Similarly, Pegula has been in decent form. Furthermore, another spot could open up if one among the top three of Kenin, Serena, and Brady decides to withdraws.

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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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