Serena Williams: 'I am so excited for Cori Gauff'


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Serena Williams: 'I am so excited for Cori Gauff'

Serena Williams praised Cori Gauff's Wimbledon success. The 23-time Grand Slam winner said: "I think there are some 15-year-olds, like me, who wouldn't know what to do at Wimbledon. Then you have a 15-year-old like Coco who knows what to do.

I think she's doing everything great. A big fan actually. I am so excited for her. Love her family. I just couldn't feel more proud. I would be wrong to step in right now and give her advice. I think she's doing great. I think there are some 15-year-olds, like me, who wouldn't know what to do at Wimbledon.

Then you have a 15-year-old like Coco who knows what to do. It really depends. I think she's definitely on a different level, so I think she's totally capable and ready, to be honest. I just think it just depends. Not every 15-year-old is the same."

"I don't know because when I started playing, Hingis was No.1 at 16, she had won Grand Slams. Everyone was winning as a teenager. Capriati had won things. She was 14. I won a Grand Slam, I was 17. It was a ton of teenagers doing things, so it was a lot of pressure.

You were almost expected to win. If Martina was No.1 at 16, then we were underachieving at 17. It was definitely a ton of pressure for us. It switched somewhere in between where people started winning a little bit later. I don't know.

Maybe this is a trend back where the players are going to be teenagers and winning again." "Honestly, I feel honoured that I was on her wall at some point in her life. Soon she'll be on other girls' walls. It's nice because it will keep it going from the next generation to the next generation."