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  • Updated: September 10, 2023

Gauff Wins Maiden Grand Slam Title After Beating Sabalenka At US Open

Gauff Wins Maiden Grand Slam Title After Beating Sabalenka A

Coco Gauff has fulfilled her dreams by landing her first Grand Slam title with a comeback win over Aryna Sabalenka in the US Open final.

The 19-year-old clinched a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win on Arthur Ashe Stadium, making her the first American teenager to triumph at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 1999.

Gauff got off to a nervous start in front of an expectant home crowd and fell behind when she lost her confidence at 2-2 as Sabalenka won four games in a row to seal the opener.

But the sixth seed improved considerably in the second set as she raced to a 3-1 lead before she held serve to take the set and force a decider.

Gauff maintained her momentum with two early breaks that put her in command in the deciding set before the second seed took a medical time-out for treatment to her left thigh after finally getting on the board in the fifth game.

Her opponent found a way back in through a loose service game after receiving treatment, but the American responded brilliantly with another break and confidently closed out a victory in stunning fashion.

"It means so much to me, I feel like I'm a little bit in shock," said Gauff.

"My French Open (final) loss was a heart-breaker for me, but God puts you through trials and tribulations and that makes this even sweeter.

"I just knew if I didn't give it my all I had no shot at winning. 

"Aryna is an incredible player and deserves to be number one.

"I'm thankful for this moment. I don't have any words."

Gauff will rise to a career-high third when the latest rankings are released on Monday, while Australian Open champion Sabalenka will rise to world number one for the first time.

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