World No. 12 Cori Gauff is thrilled to see Serena Williams competing at Wimbledon as she revealed that the 23-time Grand Slam champion is someone she "looks up to." Williams retired injured her Wimbledon first round match 12 months ago but she is back and set to at The Championships again.
"I'm glad that she's back, obviously, she's someone that I look up to and it's quite incredible really that she's still playing at the highest level," Gauff said, per Sportskeeda. "I remember watching that match a year ago where she had to finish short and I thought maybe that would have been the last time we saw her play at Wimbledon just from like outside perspective and you know as players we all know she's at the end of her career and you don't know how many more times you're going to see her but I think whenever she's in a tournament, I think she's always a contender to win even if she hadn't played for a year and, yeah, I'm excited to see her play."
Gauff aiming her maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon
"Every tournament I go into I believe that I can win it and I think obviously having the good success these last couple of weeks, especially at French Open, I think it builds my confidence even more for that," Gauff said.
After finishing runner-up at the French Open, Gauff kicked off her grass season in Berlin, where she reached the semifinal before losing to Ons Jabeur. "I'm super happy with how my prep has gone. The transition, like, went a little lot smoother than I thought it would have been just because I never went that far in the clay season before and then the grass so soon and, yeah, I've been practicing on the courts here and obviously feels great," Gauff said.
Gauff is set to clash Elena Gabriela Ruse in the Wimbledon first round. Gauff reached the Wimbledon last-16 in 2019 and 2021.