By Richard Pagliaro | Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Coco Gauff is greater than a High 20 participant—she’s an enormous tennis fan too.
The 17-year-old Gauff tuned into final month’s US Open remaining and was turned on by what she noticed.
Gauff mentioned she was each impressed and impressed watching 18-year-old Emma Raducanu defeat 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez to make historical past as the primary qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title.
“It was undoubtedly inspiring for me particularly since I’m youthful than each of them,” Gauff informed the media at Indian Wells forward of her BNP Paribas Open debut. “I feel for me it simply reveals how a lot a 12 months makes a distinction and what I can hopefully do subsequent 12 months.”
The Nineteenth-ranked Gauff mentioned she was most impressed by the poise and fervour each Raducanu and Fernandez displayed—and the ultimate infused her with the hearth and want to attempt to attain her maiden main remaining.
“For me it was nice to see two opponents who simply love the sport,” Gauff mentioned. “They had been each not a lot within the media huge earlier than they began the match. Obviousy Leylah had extra success on the professional tour simply because she performed extra matches than Emma. But it surely was nice to see the way you wouldn’t even see that when watching the matches. You’ll suppose that they’d been on the stage for 20 years or 30 years or nevertheless lengthy their opponents are enjoying these tournaments for.
“For me it was nice to see that and likewise it gave me just a little bit of fireside to consider if they will do it then I can do it too.”
After all, Gauff made a significant cost on the purple clay of Roland Garros in June constructing a 5-3 lead over eventual-champion Barbora Krejcikova within the quarterfinals. A peaceful Krejcikova fought off 5 set factors within the first set then surged by 15 straight factors within the second stopping Gauff 7-6(6), 6-3 battling into her first Grand Slam single semifinal.
On reflection, Gauff says her Roland Garros quarterfinal loss was each crushing and enlightening.
“The French Open quarterfinal as a result of that actually opened my eyes that I could make it far in these Slams,” Gauff mentioned. “And clearly dropping to the eventual champion, it was crushing sure, but it surely raised my confidence extra and so I do know I’m able to making the quarterfinals of a Slam and the purpose is clearly to win one.
“And so I feel I ought to simply take note of constructing on prime of that and attempt to get no matter feeling I used to be feeling and attempt to replicate that to make it additional within the Slams. That’s my purpose subsequent 12 months to make it fairly far within the Slams and clearly the last word purpose is to win one.”
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