Coco Gauff won the second title of her career at the Emilia-Romagna Open. The 17-year-old third seed defeated sixth seed Qiang Wang 6-1, 6-3 to lift the title in Parma on Saturday. Gauff needed an hour and 13 minutes to complete the win.
Gauff saved all four break points she faced and converted four of the eight break points she had on Wang’s serve. All throughout this week in Parma, the American lost just one set – against Katerina Siniakova in the semi-final.
Speaking with the media after her win, Gauff said, “It definitely means a lot, especially on clay, which is not really a surface I feel like people associate with me. I always liked [clay], but I always fall on it, I always get dirty! I have good results on it, so it’s not about my performance. It’s just that clay shows you a little extra love than the other surfaces do.”
Emilia-Romagna Open: Coco Gauff’s double glory
Then, speaking about her tactics, she mentioned, “I think I did well in engaging every point and pushing [Wang] back. I know she normally likes to be aggressive. One of the main goals for me was just to be able to push her back and set up the shots I like to hit.”
Gauff went on back up her singles win in the Italian city by winning the doubles title with Cathy McNally. Gauff and McNally, the fourth seeds defeated the second seeds Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac 6-3, 6-2.
Following her double haul at the Emilia-Romagna Open, Coco Gauff became the youngest player since Maria Sharapova in Birmingham in 2004 to claim both the singles and doubles title. After her doubles win, Gauff said that she had had that goal in sight. “I feel like all week I just was thinking about it. Especially when we got to the semi-finals, you’re thinking about it, like, ‘It would be pretty cool to win both the singles and doubles titles.’ Happy that I was able to do that today.”