Australian Open 2024: 19-year-old Coco Gauff sets eyes on ‘double digits’ of Grand Slams


Coco Gauff said that she aims to win “doubles digits” of Grand Slams. The 19-year-old is set to take part in the Australian Open 2024 where she will face Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round of the women’s singles on Monday, January 15.

Last year, Gauff opened her Grand Slam account after winning the US Open by beating Aryna Sabalenka in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Gauff, who started playing in Grand Slams at the tender age of 15, said that setting big goals pushes her to get better.

“I would say recently I feel like I wanted to get double digits. Who knows? That could change depending on how my career goes. Right now, I would say double digits would be pretty awesome. I don’t know if it will happen, but I think that’s a high goal,” Gauff was quoted as saying in the pre-tournament press conference.

“I think setting my goals high pushes me beyond what I think I can do.”

“Some players’ goal is to win a Grand Slam. Once they reach that, it’s kind of, ‘What’s next?’ For me, I always knew I wanted to win multiple,” she stated.

Earlier, Gauff talked about her ambitions of becoming the “greatest of all time”.

“It was kind of easy to forget about it. Not ‘forget’. I think that’s the wrong word. Maybe just put it in the past and look forward to the future instead of dwelling on the past,” Gauff added.

Gauff must be brimming with confidence after winning the ASB Classic in Auckland where she defeated Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

Prior to that, Gauff also advanced to the semis of the China Open and WTA Finals, where she lost to Iga Swiatek and Jessica Pegula respectively.

Published By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Jan 13, 2024

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