On Saturday, August 31, Naomi Osaka and Cori "Coco" Gauff faced off in the final round of the U.S. Open for a thrilling match between the two athletes who have been dubbed "the future of women's tennis." But in the end, Osaka prevailed over Gauff, beating her 6-3 6-0—and as soon as she won the match point, the two athletes met at the net, exchanged a few words and hugged. But then something downright pure happened—and it's pretty much the definition of what sisterhood is about.
As a teary-eyed Gauff gathered her belongings, Osaka approached her and asked her to join her for the post-match interview, which is usually reserved for the winning player. Though the 15-year-old initially declined the offer, Osaka assured her that it was OK to cry and encouraged her to seize the opportunity to address the crowd who came to see her. "These people are here for you," she told Gauff. "I think it's better than going into the shower and crying. We have to let these people know how you feel."
Check it the moment for yourself in the video, below:
It was very similar to when Serena Williams comforted Osaka following the U.S. Open final last year. After Osaka defeated her idol Williams, the veteran tennis star defended her opponent against an upset crowd.
During the interview, Gauff thanked her opponent for being "sweet" and said she's going to learn a lot from this match. "Thank you, Naomi. I don't want people to think that I'm trying to take this moment away from her, because she really deserves it," she said.
As Osaka began her interview, she immediately directed her attention to Coco's parents in the stands, saying, "You raised an amazing player. I remember I used to see you guys training in the same place as us, and for me, like the fact that both of us made it, and we're both still working as hard as we can, I think it's incredible, and I think you guys are amazing. Coco, you're amazing."
"It was kind of instinctive because when I shook her hand, I saw that she was kind of tearing up a little, and it reminded me how young she was," Osaka later told ESPN. "For me, I just thought about what I wanted her to feel leaving the court. I wanted her to have her head high, not walk off the court sad. I want her to be aware that she's accomplished so much, and she's still so young."
Their display of sisterhood and sportsmanship left social media in tears, including actress Jennifer Garner.
Congratulations to both athletes on a tournament fiercely played.
Originally Appeared on Glamour