‘I’m getting better and getting closer to figuring out my game,’ says Coco Gauff

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She is one of the hottest prospects in tennis at the moment, but Coco Gauff knows she still has a lot to learn as she is still “developing and figuring out how to play”.

The American broke onto the scene in 2019 when she became the youngest player to reach the Wimbledon main draw via qualifying at the age of 15. Later that year she also won her maiden WTA Tour title at the Linz Open.

She reached a career-high of No 35 in WTA Rankings earlier this year, but she knows if she is to fulfil her potential then she needs to continue the learning process.

“I think you want results to happen fast, but I’m also still developing my game and figuring out how I want to play on the court and how I want to construct my points,” she told Reuters.

“So it’s just definitely a learning process and I feel like with every tournament, even though some tournaments I don’t do as well as others, I feel like with each one I’m getting better and getting closer to figuring out my game and figuring out what I like to do.”

Having lost in the second round of the Miami Open a fortnight ago, Gauff returned to action at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston on Tuesday and booked her place in the second round with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Tsvetana Pironkova.

“I like sliding, and I’m a pretty good mover on hard court, so I think it translates to clay,” Gauff said in her post-match press conference.

“Especially with the sliding, I feel like I move a little bit quicker on clay, because you don’t have the hard stops, and you’re able to elongate your steps. Clay gives me a little bit more time to prepare my shots, and I don’t feel as rushed on the clay.”

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