By: Nina Samone
“I was really nervous, I was feeling the pressure,” 18-year old Coco Gauff said after her first career win in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Despite her feelings, she showed nothing but poise and confidence against French opponent Leolia Jeanjean – from her calm demeanor to her outstanding serves.
Gauff, seeded No. 12, opened up her US Open campaign with a 6-2 and 6-3 win on Monday.
One primary reason for her success? Her ability to serve – one ball being recorded at 118 mph. She also served 8 aces, did not face any break points and 91% of first-serve points.
“Today was a good match for me,” Gauff said. “I think for the first round usually I’m nervous, but the way I played, I don’t think I felt that way.”
I think many can agree. Not only that, but No. 7 ranked Simona Halep was upset by No. 124 Daria Snigur, putting Gauff in a great position moving forward. Guaff is now the highest ranked player in her section of the draw.
Her next match will be played against Daria Saville or Elena Gabriela Ruse.
August 2022. Hologic WTA Tour. “Three takeaways: Gauff sizzles in US Open opener.” <https://www.wtatennis.com/news/2768421/three-takeaways-gauff-sizzles-in-us-open-opener>