Coco Gauff seldom seems forward within the draw, however concedes she’s fueled by followers who do.
The 17-year-old Gauff faces harmful Hsieh Su-Wei in her Cincinnati opener with the winner transferring right into a second-round showdown vs. second-seeded Naomi Osaka.
Gauff mentioned it fires her up when followers anticipate her squaring off towards elite gamers like world No. 1 Ash Barty or four-time main winner Osaka as a result of it means persons are fascinated about watching her play.
“Clearly, I do know once I play larger gamers like [Naomi], Ash, anyone who’s high 10, I do know there’s going to be extra attraction round it,” Gauff instructed the media in Cincinnati. “I am not going to disclaim it. I do know if I get there, folks shall be watching.
“I imply, it positively fuels me a bit bit extra, I’ll say that, as a result of the extra folks speak about you, the extra you type of be ok with your self that individuals care to observe you play tennis.”
Contemporary off a run to the Montreal quarterfinals, the Twenty fourth-ranked Gauff has break up two prior conferences towards Osaka, profitable their final encounter on the 2020 Australian Open.
“It would not make me nervous,” Gauff mentioned of probably taking part in Osaka. “These are the moments that I assume make or break you. It is going to be attention-grabbing if it occurs.”
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