American rising star Coco Gauff made a personal history at the ongoing Adelaide International 2021 after reaching her first WTA 500 semifinal. Meanwhile, the 16-years-old Next-Gen admits that everyone is not always going to play his or her best.
Having more than two years of professional experience, World No.52 still considers herself a newbie in the WTA Tour. And Gauff emphasises that she wants to play more matches and gain more experience.
“At the end of the day, I need more matches under my belt. I’m still new and need a lot more experience, and it definitely plays a role,” Coco Gauff said after claiming the fourth three-set victory at South Australia Capital on Thursday.
Gauff has stunned several top-ranked players and veterans in the women’s tennis circuit, and mostly she upset twice her one of the idols and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams. Coco also sent Naomi Osaka and Kiki Bertens packing things once so far.
The 2019 Linz Open title winner continued, “I didn’t realize how much of a role experience plays until I started playing some players who are a lot older than me, and they know what to do. Even when it comes to the little mind games and all that, they know what to do in those moments. So I’m just learning and picking up a few tricks as I go.”
“You’re Not Always Going To Play Your Best”, says Coco Gauff
Before claiming his 9th title at the Australian Open, World No.1 Novak Djokovic had tight matches in his second and third round. The 33-years-old from Serbia came back after dropping a set(6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3) and two sets to defeat Americans Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz. Simultaneously, the six-time year-end World No.1 crushed his opponents in the semifinal and final.
However, Coco Gauff highlighted that everyone is not always going to play their best. Still, results are significant as Novak Djokovic did at the recently concluded Down Under major event, where Serb hunted his 18 Grand Slam titles in his career.
“[Novak] Djokovic, in his Australian Open win against [Taylor] Fritz and against Frances [Tiafoe], he dropped a set against Frances and two sets against Fritz, so you’re not always going to play your best. But I think those wins that you don’t play your best and win are the most important,” Gauff added.
Notably, Coco Gauff also advanced into her debut semifinal at the Adelaide International 2021 after a set down of four victories in a row.