Coco Gauff, the 17-year-old American star, has achieved a historic feat by making it to her first US Open final after beating Karolina Muchova in a nail-biting match on Thursday night. Gauff won 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 47 minutes, becoming the youngest US Open finalist since Serena Williams in 1999.
Gauff, who is seeded sixth, displayed her toughness and maturity as she overcame a strong challenge from Muchova, the 10th seed from the Czech Republic. Gauff broke Muchova’s serve four times and fended off seven of nine break points she faced. She also hit 25 winners and 18 unforced errors, while Muchova had 23 winners and 26 unforced errors.
Gauff began the match with a bang, breaking Muchova in the first game and holding her serve to lead 2-0. She kept her lead until 5-4 when she served for the set. Muchova fought back and earned two break points, but Gauff saved them both with assertive play. She then sealed the set with a forehand winner.
The second set was more balanced, as both players traded breaks in the early stages. Muchova increased her level and put pressure on Gauff’s serve, creating several break chances. However, Gauff showed her determination and saved them with key shots. At 5-5, Gauff made a vital break with a backhand passing shot and then served out the match with confidence.
Coco Gauff celebrated her win with a scream and a fist pump, as the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium gave her a standing ovation. She thanked the fans for their support and said she was living her dream.
“I’m just super happy to be in the final,” Gauff said in an on-court interview. “I don’t know how to explain it. I’m still in disbelief.”
Gauff will face either Madison Keys or Aryna Sabalenka in the final on Saturday. She said she was looking forward to the challenge and hoped to win her first Grand Slam title.
“I’m just going to go out there and have fun,” Gauff said. “I’m playing well, I’m feeling good, so I’m just going to enjoy the moment.”