Coco Gauff, the winner of the U.S. Open, declared that she was “feeling the love” in the rainy Cancun after defeating Ons Jabeur 6-0, 6-1 in her opening group stage match at the WTA Finals on Monday.
Rain delayed the start of the match and subsequently stopped it while Gauff was up 1-0 in the second set. When play restarted, she kept up her pace and defeated her Group B opponent from Tunisia with ease.
After the game, Gauff laughed and thanked the audience for coming despite the weather. “I got a marriage proposal yesterday, so I’m feeling the love here in Cancun,” he remarked.
“To be honest, I didn’t anticipate this kind of support today… I’m grateful to you all, and I hope that as the week goes on, we can draw in a sizable crowd.”
After going winless in her debut WTA Finals campaign the previous year, the 19-year-old became the first American teenager to win a match in the WTA Finals since Venus Williams in 1999.
Gauff won the U.S. Open in September, becoming the first teenage winner since Serena Williams in 1999.
After winning the grand slam on Monday, Gauff told Tennis Channel, “Zendaya sent me flowers to my house,” referencing the actress as she talked about life after the victory.
It resembled an enormous bouquet. It was difficult for my brother and me to raise it onto the table. It must have weighed fifty pounds or more. It weighed a ton. That, in my opinion, was the best thing.
Gauff disclosed that she was trying not to let the rain stop her during the match.
“Sometimes you win a couple games and the rain delay happens and the match can completely turn around,” she explained. “But I was able to stay steady the whole time.”
In her next Group B match on Wednesday, third seed Gauff—who qualified for the WTA Finals as the second seed—will take on second seed Iga Swiatek. Swiatek defeated Marketa Vondrousova 7-6(7-3) 6-0 to begin her campaign earlier on Monday.
In the WTA Finals of the previous year, Swiatek, a Polish former world number one, defeated Gauff in straight sets and went on to win three of their next four matches.