Coco Gauff reveals the key to French Open run: ‘It was my mentality’
Teen sensation Coco Gauff has reflected upon her run to the French Open final claiming that her “mentality” was the key to her reaching a maiden Grand Slam final.
Last week the 18-year-old fell to a resounding defeat against the world number one Iga Swiatek as she was outhit by the Pole, losing 6-1 6-3 in just an hour and 8 minutes.
Despite being outplayed by the now two-time French Open champion, Gauff made a piece of history by reaching the final, becoming the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.
Gauff has now opened up about her run to the final in Paris stating that now she has experienced playing in a final, she is confident she can do it again and raise her game in her next final.
Speaking after the tournament, the American told reporters, “I feel like throughout my career, and even in juniors, the reason I had success so early is that I was able to see that level and then go back and practice and try to reach that level.
“Now that I have seen the level, this level of a number one and 35 matches [won in a row], I know that what I have to do. I’m sure I’m going to play her in another final and hopefully it’s a different result.”
When quizzed on what was the key to her successful run, the woman from Atlanta said, “I guess the journey to get here, I realized the key to making the final was not something with my game or something that I needed to fix.
“It was more with my mentality and how I entered the matches. I think that’s what I think the difference between me dreaming it and reality, I realized that, yes, it’s hard to get here, but also, it’s not like some master puzzle that you need to solve. You just kind of have to get your mind in the right place.
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