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Miami Open 2024: Coco Gauff matches Serena Williams’ long-standing record

The World No. 3 matched the legendary former tennis player with Sunday’s Miami Open third-round triumph over Oceane Dodin.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 25th March 2024

In Sunday’s Miami Open third-round match, Coco Gauff‘s commanding 6-4, 6-0 victory over Oceane Dodin saw her match old records.


The World No. 3 delivered a convincing performance, defeating her opponent in straight sets and impressively securing 10 consecutive games to overcome lucky loser Dodin. This victory sets up a highly anticipated clash with No. 23 seed Caroline Garcia, following Garcia’s hard-fought win over former No. 1 Naomi Osaka, with scores of 7-6(4), 7-5.



At just 20 years old, Gauff is aiming for her first WTA 1000 triumph, further solidifying her remarkable rise in the women’s game. Her journey to the top includes a memorable victory in the 2023 Women’s Open final against Aryna Sabalenka. Gauff’s recent win over Dodin marks her 22nd victory in her last 23 matches on US soil, with her sole defeat coming against Maria Sakkari in last week’s Indian Wells semi-finals.


As the US Open champion strives to reach the Miami Open quarterfinals for the first time, she can take pride in achieving a milestone reminiscent of Serena Williams‘ accomplishments in this century. 


Opta reports that the 20-year-old phenom is only the second American women’s tennis player to advance to the fourth round of the Miami Open multiple times before turning 21 in this century.


Coco Gauff claimed her first Grand Slam at the 2023 US Open (Imago/Hasenkopf)


The first player to achieve this feat was Williams, who enjoyed a remarkable career, clinching 23 Grand Slam titles and establishing herself as the greatest women’s tennis player of her generation. Williams reached the fourth round of the Miami Open in both 2001 and 2002, progressing to the quarterfinals in the former year and seizing her inaugural Miami Open title the following year.


Moreover, according to the WTA Tour website, Gauff joins an esteemed group of seven American women who have reached this stage at the Miami Open before turning 21. This distinguished cohort includes Mary Joe Fernandez, Kathy Rinaldi, Stephanie Rehe, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams.



Gauff’s quest extends beyond mere participation, as she aims to secure her second WTA 1000 singles title, building upon her historic victory at last year’s Cincinnati Open. 


Her triumph in Cincinnati marked her as the youngest champion in the tournament’s storied history, underscoring her remarkable talent and potential in the world of tennis.

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