Coco Gauff's recipe for success at the Majors may only be steps away

Coco Gauff’s recipe for success at the majors may be just a few steps away

“I think she’s gotten a lot better since I last played her,” the 12th-placed WTA teen phenomenon commented on her loss to France’s Caroline Garcia in the quarterfinals of the US Open.

It was very obvious that Gauff’s ego had taken more than one major hit when she was knocked out of the last major of the year, but things weren’t meant to be and better situations could come. Gauff came into the New York Slam with a 2-0 record against the smiling Frenchwoman.

They had met in Doha in February of that year, where the teenager overpowered her in straight sentences. Before that, it was at Indian Wells last October that Gauff creamed Garcia in three sets to emerge victorious. What has changed since then has many fans scratching their heads in disbelief at this general revelation.

Garcia has won 13 straight matches including eight at the Western and Southern Open, progressed through qualifiers and defeated 3 top 10 players before lifting the French Open doubles title with partner Kristina Mladenovic.

It is not certain that Gauff knew of Garcia’s difficult CV, but the Frenchman put on a blockbuster performance in the first set. She quickly took a 4-0 lead and amazed the pro-Gauff fans. Garcia fired all shots from the baseline, firing great serves and maintaining her pace to claim the 6-3, 6-4 win in a nearly two-hour extravaganza.

There were a few screams of “Let’s Go Coco,” but Garcia’s court noise and performance stunned the crowd tremendously. Gauff hit a deep run at the French Open by wandering all the way to the final. Here in the US

Open was the quarterfinals, but the competition is tough for a teenager who has a few titles under his belt but lacks the years or experience. She defeated a tough Zhang and Madison Keys in this slam, along with Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep in Canada and Karolina Pliskova in Germany.

Digging those winning strategies out of your racquet bag remains to be done. Great and greater things are indeed to come for the teenager of tremendous talent and steadfastness. “Overall I am very proud of this tournament.

But I’m hungry for more. So maybe next year,” she said with a small smile of hope. “She’s still young,” the tennis community has consistently said, and her future for success in tournaments and slams could happen very soon.

The next Major is in Australia, where she will have her bucket list full to advance through the opening round of the Down Under tournament in January.

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