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Coco Gauff says U.S. Open win ‘nonetheless doesn’t really feel actual in any respect’

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Coco Gauff mentioned she was overwhelmed with pleasure when she realized she received the U.S. Open ladies’s last on Saturday and her victory “nonetheless does not really feel actual in any respect.”

The triumphant 19-year-old made historical past, turning into the youngest American to win the title since Serena Williams in 1999. 

“It is nonetheless loopy,” the star athlete mentioned in an unique interview on NBC’s “TODAY” present Monday, beaming in a yellow gown.

It was Gauff’s first main title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory towards Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. 

{The teenager} fell on the bottom and sobbed on the tennis court docket at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York Metropolis after securing her win earlier than a raucous crowd of adoring followers and A-list celebrities. She shared a coronary heart signal to the digicam earlier than embracing her household.

Gauff revealed she was up till 1 a.m. the night time earlier than the match speaking together with her boyfriend, which helped her sleep. After successful, the primary individuals she referred to as had been her brothers and grandmother. 

Gauff grew to become one of the crucial well-known faces in tennis following her spectacular efficiency at Wimbledon in 2019, the place she reached the fourth spherical as a 15-year-old qualifier.

Her mom, Candi Gauff, attributed her daughter’s success to her self-discipline. 

“Coco is a really devoted, self-disciplined individual. She was very gifted as a toddler. She at all times strived to do her greatest. It comes from inside her,” Candi Gauff mentioned on the “TODAY” present. 

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