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Coco Gauff opens up on US Open prayer: ‘I used to be simply saying thanks’

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Coco Gauff fell to her knees and prayed after she defeated Aryna Sabalenka in a three-set thriller within the US Open Saturday night time and went viral for being open along with her religion and her beliefs.

Gauff appeared on NBC’s “Right now” on Monday and talked about her second of reflection.

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Coco Gauff celebrates after her match towards Aryna Sabalenka within the ladies’s singles closing on day 13 of the 2023 US Open tennis event at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Heart Sept. 9, 2023. (Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“I used to be simply saying thanks, and I understood all of the powerful instances have been simply to make that second even sweeter,” the 19-year-old tennis phenom stated.

“I feel if it got here straightforward, I would not really feel as appreciative as I did in that second, clearly.”

Gauff spoke about her religion after profitable the primary Grand Slam title of her profession after she was requested what it meant to her to win the title on house soil.

“Oh my goodness. It means a lot to me. I really feel like I’m just a little bit in shock on this second,” Gauff stated. “That French Open loss was a heartbreak for me. I spotted God places you thru tribulations and trials. This makes this second much more sweeter than I may think about.

Coco Gauff prays

Coco Gauff kneels in prayer after defeating Aryna Sabalenka within the ladies’s singles closing of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in New York. (AP Photograph/Mary Altaffer)

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“I don’t pray for outcomes. I simply ask that I get the energy to present it my all. No matter occurs, occurs. I’m so blessed on this life. I’m simply grateful for this second. I don’t have any phrases for it, to be trustworthy.”

She is the youngest American, male or feminine, to win a US Open since Serena Williams did so at age 19 in 2001. Williams additionally gained two years prior when she was 17. 

Gauff additionally joins Williams and Tracy Austin as the one American youngsters to win the event.

Coco Gauff holds the trophy

Coco Gauff celebrates with the championship trophy after her match towards Aryna Sabalenka within the ladies’s singles closing on day 13 of the 2023 US Open tennis event at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Heart Sept. 9, 2023. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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Gauff’s earlier finest end in Queens was within the quarterfinals final 12 months – she misplaced the 2022 French Open to Iga Swiatek.

Fox Information’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

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