Cori Gauff said Serena Williams made her feel like she was no different since the best player in the game was a Black woman. In a recent interview for ESPN, Gauff said she told Venus Williams after their 2019 Wimbledon match that she was the reason why she started playing tennis.
Growing up, Gauff looked up to the WIlliams sisters and they made her believe that she could one day be a tennis superstar. "Before Serena came along, there was not really an icon of the sport that looked like me. So growing up, I never thought that I was different because the No.
1 player in the world was somebody who looked like me. I think that's the biggest thing that I can take from what I've learned from Serena," Gauff said, via Sportskeeda.
Gauff: Serena Williams never puts herself down
Throughout her career and life, Williams has always been trying to be more than just a great athlete.
Besides being an all-time great in tennis, Williams has also established herself in the business world. Inspired by Williams, Gauff is also aiming for the stars. "I think it's just the way that she handles herself. She never puts herself down.
I love that she always elevates herself," Gauff explained. "Sometimes being a woman, a black woman in the world, you kind of settle for less. I feel like Serena taught me that, from watching her. She never settled for less. I can't remember a moment in her career or life that she settled for less.
I think that's something I took from. As a person, I'm growing into being an adult and learning how to handle things now with the media and tennis and everything, I'm trying to learn to not settle for less." Unfortunately for Gauff, she has never clashed Williams. Gauff told ESPN that she would love to get a chance to play Williams at the US Open.