19-year-old American won the first Grand Slam trophy of her career this Saturday, in New York, by 2 sets to 1, in an upset
"Next season will be my year." The statement was made by Aryna Sabalenka, after losing the decision at the 2022 WTA Finals.
Weeks later, she won the first Grand Slam title in her career by winning the Australian Open.
This Saturday, in New York, the 25-year-old Belarusian met an American, just 19, who also wanted to make 2023 her year and win the first Major of her life.
And it happened. Coco Gauff, the tennis prodigy from Florida, won the US Open title by beating the Belarusian who,
as of this Monday, takes the lead in the world rankings for the first time. This is the year of Aryna Sabalenka and also of Coco Gauff.
In the final of the US Open, this Saturday night in New York, Gauff beat Sabalenka, at home, by 2 sets to 1, partials of 2/6, 6/3 and 6/2.
The duel was marked by Gauff's excitement, driven by the crowd, and the power of Sabalenka, who was so strong and made many unforced errors.
On one side, the high-pitched screams of the new world number 1.
On the other, thousands of Americans, including Spike Lee, Andy Roddick, Kevin Durant, Nicole Kidman and other celebrities.