This 8-year-old dancing queen is now queen of the US Open.
Coco Gauff hinted at her future as a US Open champion 11 years ago when she was filmed dancing in the stands at Flushing Meadows to Carly Ray Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
Adorable video circulating online after the 19-year-old’s emotional victory shows a young Gauff, just 8-years-old at the time, dancing and jumping at Arthur Ashe Stadium –where she would reign champion more than a decade later.
The teen phenom made tennis history on Saturday after her 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka in the U.S. Open final — her first-ever Grand Slam win.
Gauff is the first American to win in Queens since 2017, and the youngest American champion since Serena Williams in 1999.
There was less dancing for Gauff at this US Open, but there was still plenty of celebration.
As soon as she scored the final point off Sabalenka — a 25-year-old Belarusian and top-ranked female player in the world — she collapsed on the court and broke into tears as the crowd erupted.
She then ran off the court for a heartwarming embrace with her family.
“Thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me,” tennis’ newest star told the crowd to cheers after her hard-fought victory.
“Those who thought [they] were putting on water on my fire, they were really putting gas on it and I’m really burning so bright right now.”