The Arthur Ashe Stadium rose to acclaim 19-year-old, Coco Gauff, as she ultimately dissected the game of the current world no. 1, Aryna Sabalenka, to emerge a 2-6 6-3 6-2 winner after a grueling final.
Gauff was presented with the trophy by Billie Jean King, and had words for those who doubted her.
‘Thanks to the people who didn’t believe in me. I won a 1000 title (in Cincinnati) and people said it was the biggest I would get. I tried to my best to carry this with grace, those who thought they were putting water on my fire they were adding gas to it, I’m burning so bright now.
‘Oh my goodness, it means so much to me, I feel like I’m a little bit in shock. God puts you through tribulations and that makes it even more sweeter than I imagine. My faith has been important, I’m so blessed in this life, I’m so happy for this moment.
‘I knew that if I didn’t give it my all I had no shot at winning, Aryna is an incredible player. Today was the first time I’ve ever seen my Dad cry.
‘He thinks he’s so hard! My dad brought me to this tournament to watch Venus and Serena so it’s incredible to be on this stage. I tried to Facetime my brother after bit he didn’t answer.