Serena Williams praised her 15-year-old compatriot Cori Gauff. The former world No. 1 said: "I think she's just incredibly talented, you know. I think anyone that's 15 playing like that, people are going to be drawn to them.
I think that's pretty awesome. I think she's really pretty cool. I love her excitement on the court. I don't know what everyone else thinks. I can only tell you what I think. I'm a big fan of hers. I have said that since day one.
I love her parents. I think she has a good family, and I think it starts there. It makes for a great athlete and a great person." On her wins so far in the US Open this year, Williams added: "I had to go out there on business.
I think I tried to do that with all three matches thus far. Yeah, it was just different because I know that she could play today. I knew what she could do." Asked if it's because of her that there are so many talented American players, Williams replied: "Well, I can't be presumptuous and say that's because of me.
I think it's because of these young women and their parents and coaches want them to do something amazing. I think tennis is a great sport for females and it's a great way to showcase your personality, be yourself, make a great living and still do something that you absolutely love."