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French Tennis Open: American Coco Gauff, 18, in Women's Singles and Doubles Finals; Another Step Towards the Top Despite Losses

Coco Gauff World loses to Naomi Osaka in 2019 US Tennis Open

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French Tennis Open, known as Roland Garros,  is a major tennis event   for both  Women and Men.  For Women,  all eyes were expected to be on World known champions, such as Serena Williams or Naomi Osaka. However, as days have gone by, a new Women Tennis phenomenon has taken over:   Coco Gauff, the rising genius from Delray Beach, Florida, USA. In 2022 the French Open,  Coco Gauff reached the finals for both Women's Doubles and Women's Singles. She had the chances to win both, but she faced tough favorite competitors, especially the World number one ranked, Ukrainian Iga Swiatek, in the Singles.  Hence, she didn't win any of the two finals, but she made tremendous steps on her journey to the top of Women Tennis.

Tennis fans have been shifting to new stars and upcoming  talents, unknown  until recent years.  Coco Gauff, has become one of them. She started her rise to fame when, in 2019,  then 15-year-old,  in US Tennis Open she faced Naomi Osaka with so much determination and skills. In the end Naomi Osaka  prevailed, 6-3, 6-0. Naomi Osaka won with grace  and showed how great she is, both as a Tennis Player and a human, by encouraging Coco Gauff and showing sportsmanship ( see US Tennis Open: American Coco Gauff, 15, Faces World Tennis Number One Japanese Naomi Osaka, 21). 

During the game,Coco Gauff  put forward a class act, but  in the end, most Tennis fans and experts  concurred  that it was, maybe better for Coco  Gauff,  still too young then, to lose to Naomi Osaka and take time to prepare her journey to the top. A year earlier, she had won the French Open Juniors.  She did not disappoint, and since has become a Tennis phenomenon

 In 2019, she reached the Wimbledon fourth round  and was ranked in the top 100 women by WTA. In 2021, Coco Gauff qualified as a runner-up in the US Open doubles final in 2021.

Now, in the French Open,  Coco Gauff has reached the finals for both Women's Doubles and Women's Singles. She has the chances to win both.

In the Women's Singles, Coco Gauff, after beating Italian Martina Trevisan, 6-3, 6-1, on Thursday June 2, 2022, will play Polish Iga Swiatek in the singles final on Saturday, June 4, 2022. 

World number one Iga Swiatek, 21, reached the finals when she beat  Daria Kasatkina,  a 6-2 6-1. Coco Gauff, seeded 18th, is  the youngest finalist at Roland Garros since Kim Clijsters in 2001. 

On Friday, June 3, 2022,  Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula  beat  Americans Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend 6-4 7-6 (7-4) , to advance to the Women's Doubles  Friday.  In the finals, the faced the  French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, that won against Ukraine's Lyudmyla Kichenok and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in semi-finals .

 On Saturday, June 4, 2022, the match between the favored World number one ranked Ukrainian  Iga Swiatek and the phenomenal Coco Gauff was highly anticipated. Coco Gauff is well liked for her poise and control and her obvious growing talent, even when she was beating reknown tennis women.

However, Iga Swiatek was too good to be beaten. She was able to win by breaking Coco's first serves, agressively counteratacking against Coco's known forehand, and chasing any ball. At the end of the match, Coco Gauff retreated to her seat with tears in her eyes  and said: “Iga was just too good. It’s one of those matches that, yes, I, in some moments, could have played better. But she really didn’t give me anything. Every time I thought I hit a good ball, it wasn’t.”

In the Women's Doubles on Sunday, Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula started with winning the first set against French Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic. Then, the French Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic recovered  to beat  the Americans 2-6 6-3 6-2   and win the French Open women's doubles title for a second time.


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