USTA Press Release, June 9, 2018
Fourteen-year old Coco Gauff, of Delray Beach, Fla., won an all-American French Open girls’ singles final Saturday morning in Paris, defeating 16-year old Caty McNally, of Cincinnati, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(1).
Gauff, at 14 years, 2 months, 27 days old, is the fifth youngest French Open girls’ singles champion, following Martina Hingis (1993, 12 years, 8 months); Jennifer Capriati (1989; 13 years, 2 months); Hingis (1994, 13 years, 8 months) and Gabriela Sabatini (1984; 14 years, 21 days).
Four of the last five junior Grand Slams have featured all-American girls’ singles finals, and Gauff is the fifth American girls’ champion in the last seven majors, a run of success that hasn’t been seen since 1980-81 (Kathy Horvath, ’80 French Open; Susan Mascarin, ’80 US Open; Bonnie Gadusek, ’81 French Open; Zina Garrison, ’81 Wimbledon and US Open).
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) 9. Juni 2018
McNally, meanwhile, won the girls’ doubles title, with Poland’s Iga Swiatek over Japan’s Yuki Naito and Naho Sato, 6-2, 7-5, capping a French Open that saw Sloane Stephens finish as the women’s singles runner-up after she and Madison Keys played the first all-American women’s semifinal there in 16 years.
“This run of success for American women, as evidenced by the incredible performances of Sloane, Madison, Coco and Caty at Roland Garros, has been years in the making, starting first and foremost with Serena and Venus Williams pulling thousands of girls into the game,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman. “The combination of their influence and leadership, great private sector coaches in the U.S and a comprehensive system of support that was established by Jose Higueras, Ola Malmqvist, Kathy Rinaldi and our USTA National Coaches, has led us to this incredibly bright present and future.”