In an interview to Vogue the 15-year-old Cori Gauff spoke about Venus and Serena Williams's influence on her. Gauff said: "Watching the Williams sisters growing up, I always looked up to them. Now I have people saying they look up to me, and it’s a big challenge.
I’m representing myself, yes, but I’m also representing young girls who want to do big things." On being the youngest top 100 player in more than a decade, Gauff, who is competing in Linz this week, said: "It's a good accomplishment, and hopefully I can continue to push that to the semi-finals.
I guess that I'm used to being the youngest to do a lot of things, and I hope that I can continue to do that and enjoy my youth years, because as everyone tells me, it doesn't last long." "It's been a goal of mine", continued Gauff as quoted by WTA.
"In January of this year, I sent a message to my friend saying I wanted to finish Top 100, and at the time I was ranked, like, 800, so it was a far-fetched goal, but I'm glad that I was able to accomplish it. My other goal was to get in the main draw of two Grand Slams, and that happened, so I'm glad that I accomplished everything that I wanted this year.
A lot of my points came from the Slams and this tournament really pushed me inside, and it's crazy because I'm a lucky loser... And now that this has happened, I hope to get as high as possible. I don't really think too much about ranking, but you have to have some stepping stones to reach for."