WATCH: Coco Gauff dropped just five games against Maria Sakkari to win her fourth career WTA singles title in Washington, D.C.

Coco Gauff is finally a champion on U.S. soil. The third-seeded American rolled past Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-3 in Sunday's final at the Mubadala Citi DC Open to win her fourth career WTA singles title, and first WTA 500 event.

The final was a microcosm of Gauff's week in the nation's capital, where, in four matches, the third seed didn't lose a set. She surrendered just 19 games across the eight sets she played.

After wins over two Top 20 players, Belinda Bencic and defending champion Luidmila Samsonova in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, the one hour, 24-minute win over Sakkari was Gauff's second Top 10 win of the season.

This week's effort in Washington, D.C. marked the first time that Gauff beat multiple Top 20 players in a single tournament in more than two years, since the 2021 Internazionali BNP d'Italia.


Meanwhile, Sakkari's struggles in the latest stages of WTA events continued. Though she snapped a seven-match losing streak in semifinals with a three-set win over No. 1 seed Jessica Pegula, the Greek dropped to 1-7 in her career in tour-level singles finals with the loss.

Though she'd previously lost four of her five matches against Sakkari, Gauff set the tone early on by winning 15 of the first 20 points of the final. She won the first three games, and the last three games, of the opening set, and twice came from a break behind in the second set.

Sakkari led 3-2, and 30-0 on serve in the next game, before Gauff won the last four games of the match.


The D.C. triumph is also Gauff's second title of 2023. She previously won the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand in the season's first week, also without the loss of a set.