Women’s tennis has been dripping with Black Girl Magic over the past few years.
Serena and Venus Williams set the standard in the 1990s for pushing the bounds of the sport at a record early age. And now, Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff are headlining a group of women of color dominating today’s professional tennis circuit.
While both young women went far into the U.S. Open in August and September, it was Gauff who made history over the weekend. The 15-year-old Florida native became the youngest to win a WTA tournament since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004.
Gauff defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in Linz, Austria on Sunday (October 13). After her victory, she took to Instagram to reflect.
“Words can’t describe how I feel right now. Winning my first WTA title has always been a dream of mine,” she captioned under pictures of her kissing her award and at the event. “Thank you to everyone for the outstanding support. Linz, you will always have a special place in my heart.”
Gauff collected a check of $43,000 for her victory. It’ll be a fraction though of what she is set to earn from sponsors in the coming years. Her management company is Team 8, a firm set up by Roger Federer and his longtime agent Tony Godsick.
Congrats Coco! Bigtime win and once again setting history.
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