‘I’m going to play free’ – Gauff cool ahead of Kerber clash
American teenager Coco Gauff has insisted she will play without pressure after reaching the second week of Wimbledon for the second successive Championships.
Gauff burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old when she defeated Venus Williams on route to reaching the fourth round. Coco will play 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber tomorrow as she bids to go a step further and book her place in the quarter-finals.
“I think, to be honest, I’m just going to go out there and play free.”
“I don’t feel any pressure on myself. I haven’t felt any pressure on myself at all. My dad told me that I matched my result from 2019 so now should just be being able to play even freer.” Gauff said.
Kerber is the only former champion that remains in the draw after the early exits of Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams.
“I mean, she’s a really nice person off the court. I remember when she won Wimbledon. I don’t know, I guess it was a win that a lot of people weren’t expecting at the time.”
“I mean, she did it. She obviously knows what it takes to win at this level. She also had a great win last week in Germany.” added Gauff, World No. 23.
“I know it’s going to be a tough match. She’s going to make a lot of balls in the court, make a lot of good shots. She’s a great player. I’m just going to go out there and try my best, hopefully come out on top.”
Only two teenagers remain in the draw, Gauff and British wildcard Emma Raducanu.
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