Coco Gauff became the youngest – at only 15 years old – to win a WTA title after 15 years. This is the tennis pro’s first title ever, defeating Jelena Ostapenko in three sets. Ostapenko was the 2017 French Open champion.
Gauff’s name became more popular among tennis fans in July when she defeated one of her idols, Venus Williams.
Before Gauff, several tennis players had their own youngest win moments.
1) Martina Hingis
Hingis is the youngest player to win a Grand Slam title in the open era. With this, she also became the youngest to become the world’s no. 1. She turned professional at 14 years old.
She was on it since she was 12 years old when Hingis won a Grand Slam junior title, Junior French Open of 1993. The following year, she won the Junior Wimbledon. For both finals, Hingis was the youngest to do so. She was the youngest to win a Grand Slam match in 1995 Australian Open upon advancing to the second round.
2) Jennifer Capriati
Capriati made her debut in the professional tennis world when she was just 13 years and 11 months old. She reached the finals of a hardcourt tournament in Florida. She became the youngest player to play at a tour final.
She became the youngest player to enter the Top 10. Capriati reached the semifinals of the French Open. She was also the youngest Wimbledon seed. Finally, she was still very young when she qualified for season-ending championships.
When she turned 15, she beat Martina Navratilova, a nine-time champion, in three straight sets in Wimbledon.
3) Monica Seles
Seles won against Steffi Graf when she was only 16 years and six months old was her first Grand Slam title. She went on to win eight titles more. She was the second-youngest to win the title as well as the Season-Ending Championships. In 1990, she was ranked no. 2 at the end of the year.
In the French Open, however, Seles still holds the record of being the youngest winner. She also successfully defended the title in the next year.
4) Tracy Austin
Austin is the third-youngest Grand Slam title winner at 16 years and nine months. She has two Grand Slams, and both were US Open titles. Her first US Open title that she won in 1979 involved two of the biggest names in tennis then: Navratilova and Chris Evert. Austin stopped Evert from winning her supposedly fifth consecutive US Open title.
Austin was also the youngest International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee of all time. She was inducted in 1992 at 29 years.
5) Maria Sharapova
Sharapova is the fourth-youngest player to win a title, at only 17 years and two months. She claimed the Wimbledon title in 2004, which became her ticket to stardom. She defeated Ai Sugiyama and Lindsay Davenport to advance to the finals where she upset Serena Williams, the two-time defending champion then.
It was her first Grand Slam title. And as a result, she appeared in the top 10 for the first time.