Gauff had plenty of obstacles to claim her first major title in New York. Playing in punishing heat and humidity, the native of Delray Beach, Florida, dropped three sets en route to the quarter-finals, and then had to endure a 50-minute disruption in her semi-final against fellow HEAD ambassador Karolína Muchová.
Gauff’s recent run of form, that saw her win titles in Washington, Cincinnati and New York, followed a slight reshaping of her coaching team, notably the addition of the former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, Brad Gilbert, alongside her main coach, Pere Riba. The result has been a more all-court style of play, that allowed her for instance to win a 41-stroke rally in the final game against Muchová.
Gauff, who endorses the HEAD Boom range of racquets, burst onto the scene in June 2019 by beating Venus Williams on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, and has since impressed a broader audience by speaking out on social issues. She will rise to a career-high ranking of third when the post-US Open rankings are published on Monday.