Coco Gauff came to the limelight after defeating the five-time event champion Venus Williams in straight-sets in 2019 Wimbledon as a qualifier. Since then, the American teenager has been snowballing. On the other hand, people are mounting high expectations over her game and career.
“You’re Going To Have A Different Path Than Other Players”: Gauff
However, Gauff said that you should focus on your journey and your path rather than focus on others’ opinions in a recent interview ahead of her debut in the Volvo Car Open.
“You want results to happen fast, but I’m still developing my game and figuring out how I want to play on the court, how I want to construct my points. It’s definitely a learning process,” said the rising tennis star from Delray Beach, Florida.
“I feel like every tournament, even though some tournaments I don’t do as well as others, I’m getting better and closer to figuring out my game,” Gauff added.
In the 17-year-old, It is not a piece of cake for Gauff to manage her expectations, but she keeps it under control with her parent’s and coach motivation.
The 2019 Linz Open champion further continued, “A lot of people have opinions on you, on how they think you should play. But I think it’s important that you focus on your journey, your path. You’re going to have a different path than other players. That’s what I’ve been working on lately, just focusing on my journey and my path.”
“Green Clay Is A Lot More Unpredictable”: Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff has had a great season so far in 2021. She reached her first WTA 500 semifinal at Adelaide International during the Australian Open summer series, followed by her maiden WTA 1000 quarterfinal in Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Ultimately, Gauff broke into the top 35 in the WTA ranking on 15th March.
World No.36 will now enter into this year’s clay-court swing through Volvo Car Open as No.14 seed in the main draw. Coco Gauff will face Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in her opening round encounter on a Green clay court in Charleston.
Gauff additionally explained, “Green clay is a lot more unpredictable. Each court is different from the other. That’s just the way green clay is — not just in Charleston, but all over the world.”
“It’s a lot dustier and a little bit more slippery, but this is the kind of clay I grew up on in Florida. That’s all we had — green clay and hard courts. I played on both. I guess I’m more familiar with it. It’s nice transitioning into the red clay, but it’s good to play on green clay a little before. I think this will help me for the whole European swing,” she confessed.
Coco Gauff is the 2018 French Open Girls’ Singles title winner. And she advanced into the second round as a professional for the first time last year.