Following her 6-0 6-1 victory over Ons Jabeur in her opening group stage match of the WTA Finals on Monday, U.S. Open champion Coco Gauff was pleased.
Rain stopped the match, but it didn’t stop Gauff from defeating her Group B opponent from Tunisia with ease.
“I got a marriage proposal yesterday so I’m feeling the love here in Cancun,” Gauff said with a laugh after the match, thanking the crowd who showed up despite the weather.
“I honestly wasn’t expecting as much support today … I appreciate you guys and hopefully we can get a lot more people to come as the week continues.”
After a losing season the previous year, the 19-year-old won her maiden WTA Finals match, becoming the first American teenager to do so since Venus Williams in 1999.
Gauff won the US Open in September, marking the first teenage winner since Serena Williams in 1999.
“Zendaya sent me flowers to my house,” Gauff told Tennis Channel after Monday’s win, referring to the actress as she spoke about life after winning the grand slam.
“It was like a huge bouquet of flowers. My brother and I struggled to lift it up on the table. I think it weighed at least 50 pounds. It was so heavy. I think that was the coolest 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 said. “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.