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Coco Gauff Becomes The Youngest Player To Reach WTA Finals In Over Two Decades

Coco Gauff has etched history as she is set to debut in the WTA finals. The 18-year-old Tennis prodigy will join the likes of Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur in the season-ending tournament. With this feat, Coco Gauff has become the youngest player in over two decades since Maria Sharapova to feature in the WTA finals. Moreover, Gauff is the only American player to reach the spot since Lindsay Davenport in 1994.

Not having stopped just there, Gauff has also made her place in the WTA doubles draw finals with her partner Jessica Pegula. Pegula similar to Gauff will also feature in the singles final. Both the American seeds are just the second to clinch the achievement since the Williams sisters did in 2009.

Coco Gauff reached the WTA finals after Liudmila Samsonova defeated Aryna Sablenka in the ongoing Guadalajara Open. And with Sablenka’s exit, Carolina Garcia and Coco Gauff reserved their places in the contest. 2022 has proved quite fruitful for Gauff who reached the French Open final early on, her first taste of a Grand Slam final.

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Coco Gauff Expresses Excitement for the WTA Finals

Coco Gauff is excited to compete the contest as expressed by her. “It means a lot. Honestly I didn’t think about it until I realised how close I was and I think I went maybe a little bit nervous in the end but I’m super excited to be playing in the WTA Finals, especially in the USA, and qualifying in singles and doubles is definitely a good achievement,” she said.

“I didn’t expect that when I set my goals at the beginning of the year. I’m really happy and I hope I can do a good performance there,” Gauff added.

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The ongoing Guadalajara Open is the final qualifying event for the finals set to take place in Fort Worth, Texas from October 31. Coco Gauff along with Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, and Caroline Garcia have cemented their position in the finals. And the contention for the last three positions in the 8-seed contest is still continuing among seven women competing at the Guadalajara Open.

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Ayushi Singh
Ayushi Singhhttp://thesportslite.com
Ayushi is a Journalism and Mass Communication undergraduate. An avid sports enthusiast, with an inclination towards Cricket. Likes to be well informed, as she likes to be well read. Will be found indulging in a book if not in India's 2011 WC win highlights.

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