Coco Gauff beats Wang Qiang in straight sets to claim second WTA title
Coco Gauff won her second WTA title with a dominant victory over Wang Qiang at the Emilia-Romagna Open.
The 17-year-old has hit form on the clay this season and she eased to a 6-1, 6-3 success against China’s Wang to add to the maiden title she won in Linz in 2019.
Gauff is the fifth teenager to win a singles title on the WTA Tour already this season and she will hit a career-high ranking of 25 on Monday, meaning she will be seeded for the French Open.
“It’s not a surface that people associate me with, so it feels good,” Gauff told reporters after her successful Saturday. “I like the dirt now. I always talk about how I don’t like it, but I like it now.”
“Clay shows you a little extra love than the other surfaces do. It’s just going home, taking a shower, and I have clay coming out of me from all different places, or clay still in my clothes from weeks later. So that’s the only thing I don’t like about it. But obviously, performance-wise I do well on it.”
The American had the chance to make it double silverware on Saturday in the doubles final with fellow American Caty McNally.
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