The Americans are making a name for themselves on the junior circuit.
Fourteen-year old Coco Gauff, of Delray Beach, Fla., and 16-year old Caty McNally, of Cincinnati, will play for the French Open girls' singles title Saturday in Paris, marking the the second year in a row that two Americans are playing for the girls' singles title at Roland Garros, after Whitney Osuigwe beat Claire Liu in Paris last year.
Per the USTA, the match comes with some historical significance in terms of junior tennis:
This is the first time since the French Open girls' competition began in 1953 that two consecutive singles finals have featured four differrent players from the same country.
Gauff or McNally will be the fifth American girls' singles champion in the last seven majors, a run of success for the stars and stripes that hasn't been seen since 1980-81 (Kathy Horvath, '80 French Open; Susan Mascarin, '80 US Open; Bonnie Gadusek, '81 French Open; Zina Garrison, '81 Wimbledon and US Open).
Should Gauff (14 years, 2 months) win, she would be the fifth youngest French Open girls' singles champion, following Martina Hingis (1993, 12 years, 8 months); Jennifer Capriati (1989; 13 years, 2 months); Hingis (1994, 13 years, 8 months) and Gabriela Sabatini (1984; 14 years, 21 days).
Making a name for herself.
14-year-old @CocoGauff — the youngest entrant in the 64-player draw — keeps her #RG18 dream alive! She powers past Eleonora Molinaro (6-2, 7-6(1)) to make the Girls' @rolandgarros semifinals without losing a set.
You go, Coco! ✊🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/4vjW2t1bt1
— Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (@MouratoglouAcad) June 7, 2018
This will be the ninth junior singles title won by an American boy or girl since 2015.
Eyes on the prize🎾😊 #semis#RG2018 pic.twitter.com/oqTfr8u6sT
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) June 7, 2018
Gauff reached the US Open girls' final last year at the age of 13, which made her the youngest girls' singles finalist in US Open history. Gauff has spent time training with Patrick Mouratoglou at his academy in France.