22 Aug 2023

Coco superb in Cincinnati

by ASB Classic
Coco superb in Cincinnati

ASB Classic champion, Coco Gauff, who last week confirmed she will defend her title in Auckland in January, has celebrated by winning the biggest title of her young career.

Coco became the first teenage champion at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, beating ASB Classic quarter-finalist Karolina Muchova in straight sets to win her second title of the summer.

Coco beat Muchova 6-3, 6-4 in the final to win her second hard-court title of the summer and third of the season. Gauff, 19, is the youngest champion in the tournament's history.

Having won Auckland in January and Washington D.C. two weeks ago, Gauff is now the first teenager to win three titles in a season since Bianca Andreescu in 2019. She is the first teenager to win five career titles since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.

Since losing in the first round of Wimbledon, Coco has now won 11 of her last 12 matches, picking up the two biggest titles of her career during that span. 

In the first career meeting between the two, Gauff overcame a sluggish start to hold off Muchova's attacking net game to extend her career record to 5-1 in Hologic WTA Tour finals. 

With No.3 Jessica Pegula, Coco’s doubles partner, winning Montreal last week, this is the first time Americans have swept the WTA 1000s in Canada and Cincinnati. It is the first time Americans won back-to-back WTA 1000s since 2015, when Serena Williams won Cincinnati and Venus Williams won Wuhan.