INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Coco Gauff earned her first win as a 19-year-old on Tuesday, battling through tough conditions to defeat Rebecca Peterson at the BNP Paribas Open to advance to the quarterfinals.
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Gauff celebrated her birthday on Monday by posting a video of herself at 8 years old, dancing during a live performance by Carly Rae Jepsen at the US Open's Arthur Ashe Kids Day in 2012.
"I think that was the only Kids' Day [I went to]," Gauff said. "But I remembered it because 'Call Me Maybe' was trending and I knew that video existed. I thought that my mom would have it because she keeps track of everything but it was really my dad who has it, so that's why we never found the video because I never thought to ask him."
Ten years after dancing in the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium, Gauff was a marquee headliner at Arthur Ashe Kids Day last summer and a US Open singles quarterfinalist. This year she's enjoyed the best season start of her career, with quarterfinal or better appearances at four of five tournaments, including a title in Auckland.
"I just love that video and just the whole full-circle moment."
"'Call Me Maybe' was the song at that time. Even now I still love when they play it. I don't know whose number I was trying to get. But I'm gonna use that pickup line now," Gauff said, laughing.
When the whole restaurant sings happy birthday to you 😅— wta (@WTA) March 14, 2023
Belated wishes from #TennisParadise to @CocoGauff! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/kONp3GusYs