Coco Gauff wins the Western & Southern Open by defeating Karolina Muchova to secure the biggest title of her career
- Gauff defeated Muchova 6-3 6-4 to extend her run of dominance on hardcourts
- She is set to enter the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open with momentum
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World renown tennis star Coco Gauff beat Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-4 to win the biggest title of her young career at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday and extend her outstanding run of form on North American hard courts ahead of the U.S. Open.
The seventh seeded American, broke the Czech three times in the opening set and confidently served out the opener to love in her first WTA 1000 final appearance.
Muchova will enter into the top 10 for the first time in her career thanks to her run to the final.
She was inconsistent in todays action and badly missed a backhand up the line to hand Gauff the break and a 3-2 second-set lead.
Gauff had some trouble getting over the finish line, failing to convert three match point opportunities while serving at 5-2 thanks to some tentative groundstrokes.
Coco Gauff celebrates with the trophy after winning the Western & Southern Open
However, on her next chance to serve for the title she did not falter, Muchova’s return landing wide as Gauff jumped up and down in jubilation.
Gauff improved her record to 11-1 since falling in the first round of Wimbledon last month.
The 19-year-old looks poised to be a real threat when she arrives in New York for the final major of the year.
The tournament will run from Aug. 28-Sept. 10.
She will be seeded sixth at Flushing Meadows after winning the title in Washington D.C., making the quarters of the Canadian Open and winning the title on Sunday in a tournament where she beat world number one and U.S. Open defending champion Iga Swiatek in the semis.