Emma Navarro: After Coco Gauff’s stunning performance at Wimbledon, the US has a new tennis star

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Emma Navarro has quickly become one of the most promising American tennis stars on tour.



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The US already boasts a promising roster of young tennis stars, but a new name has emerged on the scene.

Emma Navarro is quickly developing into a force to be reckoned with on the senior tour. The 23-year-old reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year.

As if to underline her qualities, Navarro defeated reigning US Open champion Coco Gauff in three sets – 6-4 6-3 – in the fourth round on Sunday, continuing her best run at a Grand Slam tournament.

“I don’t have many words, but I’m just very grateful to be here on Center Court playing in a tournament with so much history and tradition, where so many legends have played before me,” Navarro said during her post-match interview after beating Gauff.

“It’s a real honor. I can’t wait to play again.”

Navarro’s form at Wimbledon this year follows an impressive season for the youngster.

The American reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year, before progressing to the fourth round at Roland Garros.

According to the WTA, she has won 33 tour-level matches in 2024, more than double the number from last year, while winning $1,074,546 of her $1,847,241 in prize money in 2024 alone.

She won her first WTA title at the Hobart International in January, rising from a career-high world ranking of 149th at the start of last season to her current position of world number 17.

“I think that mentality has definitely helped me to see a day like today no differently than any other match,” she said, according to WTA, explaining her rise after reaching the quarterfinals.

“I think it’s just important to look at individual matches as they are and not make them bigger than that.”

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Navarro defeated compatriot Coco Gauff on Sunday to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Although she has risen quickly, perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Navarro enjoyed a successful college career at Virginia, becoming the 2021 NCAA champion in her freshman year. This result saw her qualify for the main draw of the US Open, where she lost in the first round.

In 2022, she decided to focus fully on professional tennis and finished her college career with a record of 51-3 in singles matches.

Like her compatriot Jessica Pegula, Navarro is the daughter of a billionaire.

Her father Ben Navarro is the founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group and is estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of $1.5 billion.

He has also invested heavily in tennis. In 2022, he paid nearly $300 million to buy the Cincinnati Open, a warm-up event for the US Open each year.

In an interview with Tennis Channel earlier this season, Navarro said she credits her calm demeanor and mentality to her father.

“He’s probably the smartest man I know and he’s taught my brothers, sisters and me a lot of knowledge and wisdom over the years,” she said.

“He taught me a lot about the perspective I want to have on things, especially on the field.”

Despite the fortune she will inherit, Navarro seems determined to make a name for herself, and she has a chance to do so at this year’s Wimbledon.

On Tuesday she will compete against Italian Jasmine Paolini for a place in the semi-finals.

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