This could be Coco Gauff’s moment – finally.
Ever since defeating Venus Williams in the opening round of 2019 Wimbledon, Gauff has been touted as the United States’ next big thing. Now, after winning the Washington Open, her first WTA 500 singles title, she enters the U.S. Open with plenty of momentum.
Can the 19-year-old capture her first Grand Slam championship? Just Women’s Sports breaks down what the path could look like, taking the top possible seed for each matchup.
The numbers are in! 🔢According to the IBM AI Draw Analysis, Coco Gauff has the most favorable women's singles draw.@IBM | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/QIk8FBFNW9— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 26, 2023
The numbers are in! 🔢According to the IBM AI Draw Analysis, Coco Gauff has the most favorable women's singles draw.@IBM | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/QIk8FBFNW9
Siegemund punched her ticket to the main draw with a qualifying win on Friday. She defeated Oceane Dodin, 1-6, 6-0, 6-3. Siegemund advanced to the Warsaw Open final in July, but lost to Iga Swiatek.
Gauff will likely challenge Andreeva, ranked the No. 63 player in the world. Andreeva plays Olivia Gadecki in her opening match. In her last action, Andreeva, who is unseeded, was defeated by Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 3-6, in the Round of 16 of Tennis in the Land.
Gauff could end up against Collins, another American, in the third round. The world’s No. 34-ranked player, Collins is also unseeded for the U.S. Open. She recently won her first WTA doubles title, alongside Desirae Krawczyk, at the Charleston Open. Collins was defeated in the first round of the French Open by Jessica Pegula.
Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledown champion, could provide Gauff a stiff test in the fourth round. In April, she won the Miami Open, defeating Elena Rybakina in straight sets, the 30th title of her career. The victory earned Kvitkova a top-10 ranking for the first time since September 2021, and she enters the U.S. Open ranked No. 11 in the world.
This could be the turning point of Gauff’s tournament. In this round, she would be likely to play Swiatek, the world’s top-ranked player and the defending U.S. Open champion. Swiatek is also a three-time French Open winner (2020, 2022, 2023).
This would be a rematch of the Cincinnati Open semifinal earlier this month, when Gauff beat Swiatek for the first time after seven previous defeats. Gauff had lost all 14 sets she’d played against Swiatek entering the most recent match.
Rybakina has had a strong 2023 season, with titles at the Indian Wells Open and the Italian Open. This would be her first matchup against Gauff. Ranked No. 4 in the world, Rybakina did not compete in the Cincinnati Open because of some nagging injuries she attributed to poor scheduling.
Sabalenka, the world’s No. 2 player, enters the U.S. Open with high expectations. She kicked off the year with an Australian Open singles title, and with a victory over Gauff, would solidify herself as the top player on the tour. Gauff will look to atone for her loss to Sabalenka earlier this year at Indian Wells.