With her quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon this year, 23-year-old tennis athlete Emma Navarro is rapidly making a name for herself on the senior tour.

In the fourth round of the competition, Navarro defeated Coco Gauff, the current US Open champion, in straight sets with a performance record of 6-4, 6-3. This success further established her credentials and extended her finest run at a major slam.

With her win, Navarro admitted: “I don’t have a ton of words but just really grateful to be out here on Center Court at a tournament with so much history and tradition, that so many legends have played on before me… It’s a real honor. I can’t wait to play again.”

Navarro’s rise in tennis sports 

Navarro’s performance at this year’s Wimbledon builds on an already stellar season for the young player. Moreover, the American advanced to the fourth round of the French Open after making it to the third round of the Australian Open earlier in this year’s season. 

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) reported that she has won 33 matches at tour-level in 2024, more than twice as many as she did the previous year. In addition, she has won $1,074,546 of her $1,847,241 in career prize money in 2024 alone.

The athlete won her maiden WTA championship at the Hobart International in January, and from the beginning of the previous season, she has improved her ranking from 149th to 17th globally.

Navarro expressed: “I think that mindset has definitely helped me just not to look at a day like today as any different than any other match… I think just being able to look at individual matches for what they are and not make them anything greater than that.”

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Even though she has advanced quickly through the ranks, this shouldn’t be shocking, given her tennis background. After deciding to focus entirely on professional tennis in 2022, she concluded her collegiate career with a 51-3 singles record.

 

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Source: CNN

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