"It's not easy to overcome" - Shriver on the early expectations of Coco Gauff

"It's not easy to overcome" - Shriver on the early expectations of Coco Gauff

by Jamie Malachy

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Coco Gauff has just made it through to the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

The newly-turned 19-year-old won in straight sets against fellow youngster Linda Noskova, after Gauff's second-round win against Spain's Busca. Astonishingly, this summer it will be four years since Coco Gauff initially burst onto the scene with a brilliant run to the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2019 at the age of 15.

Because of this, it feels as though Gauff is already an established and experienced member of the WTA's elite. Yet she remains one of only four teenagers in the WTA's top 100.

Pam Shriver, speaking to press in Indian Wells this week, believes that Gauff has all the attributes to get to the very top of the game. But she also warns against expecting too much, as early pressures on young achievers can often stifle their natural development.

I know how it is to burst onto the scene, the expectations it creates. There are simply no guarantees of anything - nothing. It’s not easy to overcome, because everyone you play is trying to break down that side. I have no doubt that they’re doing everything they can to get that solved.

Pam Shriver on Gauff's prospects, and why it is important not to expect too much too early

I just think Coco has to ratchet down the expectations, take it one day at a time and continue to be the professional she is. At the same time while still being a teenager and having some sense of normalcy in a not-normal setting. She’s exceptional, and I feel like she’s finding that balance.

Although Shriver advises patience and wariness when it comes to what to expect of Coco Gauff and other young breakout stars, she firmly believes that the young American has the talent to achieve great things.

If you just go on her movement, her serve, all her attributes, she’ll win plenty.



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