Serena Williams: 'I wish I could have played better but...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 13011
Trainer Rick Macci says there is no doubt that Cori Gauff will become a Grand Slam champion. Gauff, who turned 18 in March, reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open before losing to Iga Swiatek in straight sets.
After her strong showing at the French Open, Gauff was not particularly impressive at Wimbledon, where she lost in the third round. Macci, Serena Williams and Venus Williams' childhood coach, says Gauff will only get better and is confident the American can win at least a few Grand Slams.
"I know Coco and her father, we're all in Florida. She's the best pure athlete running on the WTA Tour. That means when she's nervous, she can still play offense and defense. Coco is going to win some Grand Slams, no doubt about it.
She's only 18, she's going to get better. But to dominate the game, I'd like to see her play closer to the baseline, dictate, hit Alice, catch the ball early, hit the ball cleaner. She counterpunches a lot and that's a harder way to make a living and to become a champion".
One of Gauff's main goals for this season is to win her first Grand Slam title. Gauff's last chance to win a Grand Slam this year will be at the US Open. Gauff is enjoying a good season and, no doubt, she will be highly motivated to do well in front of her home crowd at Flushing Meadows.
Gauff suffered a disappointing second round loss at the US Open last year and that is one of the reasons why she will be motivated to do well in the tournament this year.
Serena's campaign in Toronto came to an end
Following her defeat, Serena Williams bid a tearful farewell to the Toronto faithful, saying that she's "terrible at goodbyes" as she looked back on her memorable career.
"It's just been so memorable. You know, like I said in my article, I'm terrible at good-byes. But good-bye, Toronto," Williams said. "It was a lot of emotions obviously," Williams added. "I love playing here, I've always loved playing here.
I wish I could have played better, but Belinda played so well today. It's been an interesting 24 hours." The American legend’s campaign in Toronto came to an end as she lost out to Belinda Bencic in the second round of the National Bank Open.
It was Serena’s last match in Canada as she announced her retirement after the US Open later this month.