Gauff getting use to life on tour

01 July 2020 01:27:09 GMTPlus10

American teenage sensation Coco Gauff says she has managed to cope better with pressure and believes that is what allowed her to make her breakthrough at Wimbledon last year.

At just 15, Gauff rocked the tennis world by reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, where she defeated her compatriot and idol Venus Williams in straight sets in her Grand Slam curtain-raiser.

The Floridian teenager proved there was no fluke in that performance when reaching the third round of the US Open and she has started the 2020 campaign in similar vein with a run to the fourth round of the Australian Open, which was just her third appearance at Grand Slam level.

Those efforts and a title triumph at 2019’s Linz Open, where she became the youngest WTA player to win a singles title since 2004 with victory over Jelena Ostapenko, has seen her rise to 49th in the world rankings.

Gauff’s profile has rocketed and many expect the youngster to enjoy a lengthy career, littered with success.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Gauff says she is learning to handle the pressure of playing on the big stage: "I definitely feel pressure but not so much because of my past results, just because I always put pressure on myself on the court.

"Lately it's not been pressure to win but just pressure to have fun and make sure I play the right way.

"When I let all of that go and didn't focus too much on numbers, that was when Wimbledon happened and my results really went up. I think that time and that moment in my life definitely prepared me to have that breakout at Wimbledon."

There are still two Grand Slam events left this year for Gauff to boost her growing reputation and she is is a 15.00 chance to win the French Open in September.

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