American teenager Coco Gauff won the US Open on Saturday, defeating Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka to claim her first Grand Slam title.
Gauff, 19, won the show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in two hours and six minutes, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Thanks to those who doubted her talent, Gauff became the third American teenager to win the US Open, after Tracy Austin and Serena Williams.
“Honestly, thank you to the people who didn’t believe me,” she joked. “For those who think they poured fuel on my fire, they poured fuel on my fire and now I’m burning.
“The message quickly flooded the social media platform (formerly Twitter) as Alina struggled to win after Sabalenka, claiming the 19-year-old American’s first Grand Slam title to celebrate.
After her victory, world leaders also congratulated her on her US Open title.
President Barack Obama congratulated Coco Gauff on her US Open victory on Saturday.
Michelle’s opening night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, when Gauff rallied to beat Laura Sigmund 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
They met her after the tournament and later paid tribute to Billie Jean King as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the US Open, the first sports tournament with equal funding for an individual.
Michelle Obama also congratulated her and added photos of the meeting.
Three-time US Open champion Billie Jean King also wrote: “Congratulations to Coco Gauff on her first Grand Slam singles title! She’s the #USOpen Women’s Singles Champion!
“While receiving $3 After the million jackpot, Gauff thanked King for his leadership in the prize fight.
King responded to video of the moment with a tweet, writing, “Now she’s living the Original 9 dream,” referring to herself and other women who signed up for a $1 contract to launch the 1970 Women’s Pro Tour.