Coco Gauff had a decidedly positive 2022 where she managed to establish herself with much more continuity in the WTA Tour managing to reach her first career Slam final at the Roland Garros surrendering only to world number one Iga Swiatek.
Although the American born in 2004 ended the year without winning a single match in the women's finals, she can be satisfied with her year. With a runner-up finish at the 2022 French Open and the title at the start of the 2023 season, Coco Gauff could be the real star for the 2023 Australian Open.
Coco has shown great talent and if all this works out in Melbourne, she could be the surprise of the Australian fortnight. Iga Swiatek is the favorite for the title, of course, but often, in the women's tournament, the Australian Grand Slam can reserve big surprises.
Her game on hard-courts has considerable room for improvement. Improvements that have already been seen in the first triumphal week of 2023. After her win Coco said: "Honestly it's been a fantastic week for me despite the rain, I can't ask for a better start to the season."
Coco Gauff could be the real star of the Australian Open 2023
In her young career, so far, the Delray Beach native tennis player has put two WTA tournaments on the bulletin board.
Also, in 2022, after reaching her first Grand Slam final in Paris, she also made her first home major quarterfinal at the US Open. Motivation and desire could make the difference in Melbourne. Iga Swiatek has everything to be able to win: the awareness of being the woman to beat, a well-established experience, devastating tennis and a truly vast horizon ahead, which can still lead to significant improvements.
But, after so many victories, it is said that the young Pole will not be able to maintain the level of mental concentration she has shown up to now. Coco can take advantage of this: it will be an opportunity to show how true it is that she is the true heiress of Serena Williams.
Time and the court will tell us if this legacy will really be collected by Coco. Meanwhile, the first real testing ground will be Melbourne. At the Australian Open, Coco will have to take advantage of the enthusiasm of the moment and the not very positive moment of some of her colleagues. It will be one of the clutch moments of her young career.