American rising star Coco Gauff clinched her second career and first clay-court title at the Emilia Romagna Open 2021.
Gauff turned professional in 2018 and made her WTA Tour main draw debut during the 2019 Miami Open as a wildcard entrant. She came to the limelight after defeating her idol and former World No.1 Venus Williams in the first round at 2019 Wimbledon.
Afterwards, Gauff claimed her first WTA singles title on hardcourt surface at the 2019 Linz Open at 15. Subsequently, she became the youngest WTA Tour singles title winner since 2004.
Coco Gauff Secures Her First Clay Court Title at Emilia-Romagna Open 2021
The 17-year-old American has now won her second career title after defeating Chinese Wang Qiang in straight sets(6-1, 6-3) on the clay surface in the WTA 250 event in Parma, Italy.
Even though No.3 seed Gauff made six double faults, she won 76% of first-serve points and saved 100% breakpoints in an hour and 14-minute championship match against No.6 seed Wang.
Gauff overcame the Czech Katerina Siniakova, compatriot Amanda Anisimova, Italian Camila Giorgi, and Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the previous rounds. Most notably, she lost a single set out of five matches played in Parma.
“Congratulate you on an amazing tournament. Hopefully, we can get this keep this going all the way through the French Open. I want to thank Everyone who came out. You made this tournament feel at home for me, so thank you. Also, I would like to thank you for coming out and supporting me all through the week. I really appreciate it. And most importantly, I would like to thank my team, my dad, and Enzo. You guys make it fun for me, and hopefully, this is the first of many,” Coco Gauff said in the post-match interview in Parma.
Gauff’s Best Performances In 2021
2021 is a beautiful year for Coco Gauff’s career so far. She has created several personal records since the beginning of the season. First of all, Gauff reached her first-ever WTA 500 semifinal at Adelaide International.
Secondly, American made her WTA 1000 semifinal debut at the Italian Open. Thirdly, she captured her first title on red dirt at Emilia-Romagna Open 2021. Ultimately, Gauff entered the top 30 for the first time in the WTA ranking.