"I want to be number one" - Gauff sees progress in defeat to Sabalenka

"I want to be number one" - Gauff sees progress in defeat to Sabalenka

by Kadir Macar

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Coco Gauff lost to Aryna Sabalenka in convincing fashion yet the youngster is focusing on the positives and seeing progress in her game.

She is indeed progressing yet there are quite a few big steps to take in order to get where she wants to get. Gauff wants to be ranked number one in singles because she was already in doubles and she wants to be a grand slam champion as well. It's a long road but she's happy to do the work and remain patient.

I mean, I think right now I feel like I’m playing where my ranking is, and I don’t want to stay, you know, just inside the top 10. I want to be No.1 So I think I have to do better when it comes to these type of matchups when I’m playing higher-ranked players or in general even players who are slightly ranked lower than me, I think I need to do better in those matchups.

Despite being a fabulous player, Gauff has pretty glaring weaknesses such as the forehand. She understands that and knows that she needs to iron out those minor things in her game in order to become as good as she can be.

You know, getting late into these tournaments but falling up short. I think I just need to take care of the details because the details definitely start to show when you’re playing against higher-ranked players and they know how to capitalize off that. So I think I need to improve certain areas of my game so that it’s not so easy to capitalize off of it.

Her next event is the Miami Open in the state of Florida where she grew up. She's done fairly well at the event in the past reaching the 3rd round last year but losing to Swiatek. The hope is that she can go a bit further this time around.



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