Coco Gauff Set To Become Highest-Ranked American After US Open Triumph

Coco Gauff Set To Become Highest-Ranked American After US Open Triumph

by Evita Mueller

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Coco Gauff will become the highest-ranked American player on the WTA Tour following her sensational US Open triumph over Aryna Sabalenka.

Coco Gauff came to New York with a winning streak, and she will leave with a winning streak as nobody could beat her. Aryna Sabalenka looked comfortable for about a set but ultimately added her name to the list of challenges that failed to beat her.

The win is a major one for Gauff as she finally becomes a Grand Slam champion, proving herself as one of the best players in the world. It's been a long time coming but getting here took some big sacrifices highlighted by how emotional she was.

The win also gets her 2,000 points, which pushes her to the highest ranking she's ever had. She's actually set to become the highest-ranked American taking over the role from doubles partner Jessica Pegula, who held it all year.

Pegula never made it past number three in the ranking and that's exactly the spot Gauff will debut improving on her previous career best of 5. Aryna Sabalenka will be number one on Monday with 9266 points.

Iga Swiatek will slide down to number two with 8195, while Coco Gauff will now be number three with 6165. That's almost 400 points more than Elena Rybakina and Jessica Pegula, who are right there. It's going to be a battle to hold that rank for the rest of the year, but she's got what it takes.

Gauff is a new player, as Sabalenka recently explained and the transformation has been great to see. A more aggressive approach with more confidence was crucial to winning the US Open trophy. By doing that, she's become the youngest American to win a US Open trophy since Serena Williams, so the future is bright; both for her and US tennis.


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