Coco Gauff is an American professional tennis player regarded by many as one of the future stars, having already reached a Grand Slam final at the tender age of 18 at the 2022 French Open.
Name: Cori “Coco” Gauff
Born: March 13, 2004
Turned Pro: 2018
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Born on the 13th of March, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Coco Gauff first rose to prominence in the tennis world when she became the youngest girls' singles finalist in US Open history in 2017. Despite losing in straight sets to Amanda Anisimova in the final, Gauff had laid down the first marker of her potential ability.
In 2018, Gauff would go even further at the junior French Open. Having reached the final without dropping a single set, including a semi-final victory over Leylah Fernandez, Gauff came from a set down to fellow American, Caty McNally in the final to claim victory 1-6, 6-3, 7-6, making her the fifth youngest girls' singles champion in French Open history. Alongside McNally, Gauff would also claim the junior US Open girls' doubles title in 2018.
Turning professional in 2018, Gauff made her senior US Open debut less than half a year after her 14th birthday. In 2019, Gauff would make more history by becoming the youngest player to reach the main draw at Wimbledon by qualifying in the Open Era at the age of 15 years and 3 months.
In her first match at the All England Club, Gauff shocked former 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in straight sets, making her way through to the fourth round before falling to eventual champion, Simona Halep.
In 2020, Gauff would match her feat of making the fourth round of a Grand Slam, this time at the Australian Open. Again defeating Venus Williams in straight sets in the opening round, Gauff would then upset the third seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 in round three before losing to Sofia Kenin in the last 16.
2021 would see more progression for Gauff, again reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon and getting to her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Rolland Garros before a straight-sets defeat to eventual winner Barbora Krejčíková.
Entering the 2022 French Open as the 18th seed, Gauff again proved her prowess on the clay. In a series of imperious performances, Gauff would hand out straight-set defeats to Rebecca Marino, Alison Van Uytvanck, Kaia Kanepi, Elise Mertens, Sloane Stephens and Martina Trevisan.
Iga Swiatek in the final at Rolland Garros would prove a step too far for Gauff but nevertheless, she rose to a career-high world ranking of 13, something she would improve upon further, reaching world number 4 in October 2022.
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