The rights and wrongs of tennis gamers being obliged to supply their innermost ideas to the world’s media after matches has come below scrutiny on the French Open, however 17-year-old Coco Gauff manages the duty with consummate ease.
American Gauff reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final in solely her seventh principal draw look on Monday, dismantling Tunisian twenty fifth seed Ons Jabeur 6-3 6-1.
It was a medical efficiency underpinned by sensational serving and with large names shedding left, proper and centre, the chances on her successful the title are decreasing.
However it’s not simply on court docket that Gauff has all the precise solutions — her open and sincere nature permits her to deal with the inevitable highlight like a seasoned skilled.
Requested whether or not she will get bored having to speak about her age, Gauff swatted away the query as if it had been a juicy forehand.
“I do not actually care if you happen to guys discuss my age or not. I am 17. That is the reality,” Gauff advised a post-match press convention.
“I promise you my opponents do not care about how outdated I’m. They need to beat me simply as unhealthy no matter my age, and I need to beat them simply as unhealthy no matter their age.
“I am solely going to be 17 as soon as, so that you may as properly discuss it whereas I am 17!”
Gauff is three victories from the foremost title many have predicted since she reached the fourth spherical of Wimbledon, aged 15.
She subsequent faces skilled Czech Barbora Krejcikova however that’s as far forward as she is ready, apart from a day by day sport of card sport Uno together with her mother and father.
“Proper now I am targeted on going to sleep tonight and successful the following Uno match after which tomorrow we focus again on observe after which prepare for the quarter-finals,” she stated.
Seven-times French Open champion Chris Evert believes Gauff’s sport has gone up one other degree.
“The factor I like about Coco is that she is hungry, she goes to do no matter she will to win, she goes to struggle together with her coronary heart to get the win,” Evert advised Reuters.
“I feel she has improved tremendously, found out the weaknesses in her sport, the forehand, placing extra top-spin. The serve was erratic however she has ironed that out.”
If anybody thinks Gauff is happy with overcoming the fourth-round hurdle that tripped her up twice earlier than in Grand Slams, they need to suppose once more.
“Immediately, to be sincere, I used to be simply extra hungry for it,” she stated. “Up to now, I felt like I used to be happy with the run I made, I got here into matches not as hungry.
“It is in all probability not an excellent factor to say however it’s the reality. My message has at all times been ‘dream large and intention greater’.”
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