The 2024 season opened well for Gauff because she successfully defended her trophy in Auckland. The Australian Open was a pretty decent campaign for her, as she battled Aryna Sabalenka but ultimately couldn't overcome her.
She certainly gave the eventual champion the most brutal fight out of all players, which counts for something. We haven't seen her since then, but she will make a comeback at the Qatar Open, where she hopes to continue a solid season so far
The break from tennis certainly helped the 19-year-old, as she focused on improving her serve with her coach, Brad Gilbert, who will be at the WTA 1000 tournament in Doha with her.
"Yeah, Brad is here. So he is here. He didn't come to Auckland. He will be at most tournaments. Not every single one, but most tournaments. So he is here. And the focus of the training was definitely working on improving the serve and trying to be more consistent with that."
We're yet to see how things go for the teenager in Qatar, but it's an event that certainly favors those who play similarly to Gauff. She's been quite aggressive since Gilbert joined her team, and it has done wonders for her.
"You know, it's not that much time been Australia and now, so I can't improve -- you can always improve but not as big, drastic in a week and a half of training. I did just try to focus on the points on my serve and overall on my game."
She's going to face Katerina Siniakova, who is a pretty solid player who can make players work hard for a win. They have played plenty of times so far, and Gauff has had the upper hand in most of the matches (5-1).