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By Chris Oddo | Sunday September 10, 2017

 
Amanda Anisimova

Amanda Anisimova defeated 13-year-old CoCo Gauff to claim the U.S. Open Girls' Singles title on Sunday in New York.

Photo Source: Al Bello/Getty

Sixteen-year old Amanda Anisimova, of Aventura, Fla., won the U.S. Open girls' singles title Sunday, defeating American 13-year old Cori 'CoCo' Gauff, 6-0, 6-2. According to the USTA, the final marked the first time since 1981 that the US Open women's and girls' finals were both contested between two Americans.

Sunday's triumph by Anisimova marked the third consective time that an American has won the Girls' Singles title at a major, and the first time that American women have won three Girls' Singles titles at majors in the same season.

"The success of our women and girls this year has been dramatic and comprehensive. It is a reflection of the fact that the pipeline is full, and it will have a huge, demonstrative and inspirational effect on all our players, male and female," said USTA Player Development GM Martin Blackman in a statement.

Anisimova converted 6 of 17 break points and finally converted her 11th match point in a marathon final game to claim her victory in 65 minutes.

Afterwards Anisimova had lots of praise for her 13-year-old foe.

“That last game was crazy,” she said. “Possibly the longest game of my life. Yeah, she's an amazing competitor, and I have a lot of respect for her. To be in the final at such a young age is just amazing.”

Gauff was the youngest finalist in the history of the event, which dates back to 1974.


“Every single part of it was so much fun, being on-site, being here, being—just being at the US Open in New York was the most fun. I enjoyed every single part being here,” she said.

Anisimova, who turned 16 on the last day of August, announced her plans to turn pro, effective immediately.

 

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