Iga Swiatek has message for Coco Gauff, Aryna Sabalenka after US Open final

Swiatek reacts to Gauff beating Sabalenka in the US Open final.

Coco Gauff congratulated Coco Gauff on landing her first Grand Slam title and also took a moment to congratulate Aryna Sabalenka on becoming the new world No 1. On Sunday, Gauff recovered from a set down to beat Sabalenka 2-6 6-3 6-3 in the US Open final.

Gauff, 19, now has a Grand Slam title in her pocket. Meanwhile, Sabalenka – although she didn’t win her second Slam at the US Open – she will still be replacing Swiatek at the world No 1 spot on Monday. “Congrats to you both!

@CocoGauff on your 1st GS title, so special on your home soil and to @SabalenkaA on becoming new no 1. Amazing night and time for women’s tennis!” Swiatek wrote on X.

Congrats to you both! @CocoGauff on your 1st GS title, so special on your home soil and to @SabalenkaA on becoming new no 1.

Swiatek failed to defend her US Open title
Going into this year’s US Open, Swiatek had two things on the line – she was hoping to defend her US Open title and also retain her world No 1 spot.

Following Swiatek’s round-of-16 loss to Jelena Ostapenko, the Pole automatically lost her chances of defending her US Open title and she also lost the world No 1 spot to Sabalenka. After taking some time to reflect and analyze what happened, Swiatek shared a message.

“Last 1,5 year was a time of observing and experiencing how much people talk and write about ‘defending’, ‘defense’ – of titles, ranking position, points… I was surprised sometimes to start to think this way because of this.

But… I don’t need to defend anything and this is a good moment to write down some thoughts. For me sport is a cycle of constant changes exactly like in everyday life, we can either win or lose – that’s it, it’s so simple. New season, next tournament, new opportunities to GAIN, ACHIEVE, not defend something.

Clean slate. During this year’s US swing I could win and achieve more, that’s for sure. I know some of you expected more, many of you expected ‘defending’ the no 1 ranking, the title. But I stick to my mindset: when I work hard, I’m developing myself and doing my job, I will create many more chances to WIN, to ACHIEVE my goals and not to defend,” Swiatek said in a message shared on her social media.

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