American tennis is in good fingers with Coco Gauff, says US Open match director Stacey Allaster, because the charismatic teenager appears to finish her breakthrough 12 months on a excessive.
Gauff made a surprising comeback to beat Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in an exhilarating US Open remaining to say her first Grand Slam title and her place in US tennis royalty.
The triumph got here amid a 16-match successful streak for the 19-year-old that ended within the semi-finals of the China Open final month by the hands of outdated foe Iga Swiatek of Poland.
“The following era has arrived and stands on the shoulders of the good Serena Williams and Venus Williams,” mentioned Allaster, CEO of Skilled Tennis, on the USTA.
“It appears like she’s been round for a very long time. She’s solely 19, she’s particular. She’s humble and pleasant, she works laborious. And she or he’s very centered on successful.”
Her victory in New York was made all of the sweeter for Allaster, the previous WTA head who gained the Girls’s Sports activities Basis’s Billie Jean King Management Award this 12 months after the US Open celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of gender equality in prize cash.
It is a milestone but to be repeated throughout tennis, because the WTA earlier this 12 months introduced a ‘pathway to distribute equal prize cash’ at mixed WTA 1000 and 500 occasions, ranging from 2027.
“It is definitely a testomony to the worth of girls’s sport, of girls’s tennis, when the followers present up within the stadiums and luxuriate in it,” she mentioned.
World No. 3 Gauff will subsequent compete within the WTA Finals in Cancun, with the group stage of the season-ending match beginning on Sunday.
“I am wanting ahead to seeing how Coco performs with, you realize, a much bigger highlight on her. She’s had the highlight on her for a very long time. This can be a marathon. It isn’t a dash,” Allaster mentioned. “We’ve got seen her resilience.”
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