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American teenage tennis star Coco Gauff continued her outstanding run by qualifying for the Washington Open main draw with a dominant win in finals.

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It took the 15-year-old an hour and five minutes to beat Japan’s Hiroko Kuwata in a 6-1 6-2 win.

After her SW19 exploits, where she beat Venus Williams on her way to the last 16, Gauff’s qualifier was watched by a near sell-out crowd in the US capital.

The tennis star received a standing ovation after clinching victory with a wonderful cross-court winner against 28-year-old Kuwata. It will be her third WTA main draw appearance after Miami and Wimbledon.

Gauff was the youngest woman to reach the second week of Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.

Gauff, ranked 143rd in the world after her success at the All England Club, was unsure whether she would even get into Washington qualifying because she had to use her pre-Wimbledon ranking of 313th to gain entry.

The Washington Open combined with WTA and ATP event, is one of the key warm-events on the American hard-court swing which culminates in next month’s US Open.

By Olukayode Oniwinde

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