Stats: Coco Gauff Leads the Way for WTA Next-Gens Despite Emma Raducanu’s Grand Slam Success

Published 12/25/2021, 2:28 PM EST
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 18: Coco Gauff celebrates winning a point during a match on day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio on August 18, 2021. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


American teenager Coco Gauff has taken the tennis world by storm. She has been making constant progress on the Women’s Tour and has beaten quite a few prominent names in the course of it.

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Recently, the WTA did an analysis of the 2021 season for various players on the circuit. It highlighted that the American teenage sensation is heading in the right direction and building on her breakout 2019 season. Had Emma Raducanu not won the US Open, it would have been Coco Gauff who would have finished the year as the highest-ranked teenager on the Tour.

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Coco Gauff is moving in the right direction 

If one looks at the top 100 rankings, Gauff is the youngest among the six teenagers in that list.

Over the last two years, Coco has registered some exceptional performances on the WTA Tour. During the 2019 season, she made it to the second week of the Wimbledon Championships. She knocked out former champions like Venus Williams at the All England Club that year before eventually bowing out to Simona Halep.

The following year, she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. In that tournament, she managed to knock out defending champion Naomi Osaka. 

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Oct 9, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Cori “Coco” Gauff reacts after breaking the serve of Caroline Garcia (FRA) during her second round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

In the current season, Gauff registered her best performance to date at a Grand Slam event. She made it to the quarterfinals at the French Open. 

Having seen all these performances over the years, one can say that the teenage player is heading in the right direction. Besides, she has been performing well in the doubles category as well. Her fans are certainly looking forward to her performances in the upcoming season.

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Currently, the women’s Tour looks stacked as far as young talents are concerned. For this first time, we had two teenagers, Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu, fight it out for the US Open Championship. Therefore, fans will be eager to see how these young women perform in the upcoming season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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