Cori Gauff told Vogue, Serena and Venus Williams inspired her to fight against prejudices and be the best player she can be. The 15-year-old American said: “I’ve heard, ‘You can’t do this because you’re a girl’ so many times.
At school, I always used to beat the guys at running and it was this big deal—I proved them wrong! I’m a feminist because I believe that everyone should be equal”. Gauff also spoke about her win over Kiki Bertens on last Friday in Linz: "It was definitely crazy.
(Friday's) was my first Top 10 win, so I’m super proud of myself for that. It was a good match, Kiki played great, and obviously I couldn’t ask for anything better so far in this tournament. I wasn’t really too nervous until the match points came along.
I should be the opposite! But it’s okay, I’m glad that I got through it. I guess (Linz is) my little lucky place. I didn’t know what to expect coming here, and I’m glad I was able to take the best of the opportunity.
I got in as a lucky loser and I’m in the semis, so I hope I can keep this going." ￼Meanwhile, the Linz Open Tournament Director Sandra Reichel spoke about the 2019 event: "It's becoming even tougher, especially competing with Asia.
There are high appearance fees. That's dangerous. But withdrawals cannot be predicted and the tournament needs to be strong by itself. We did well. Cori Gauff's success is crazy, I am so happy for her. This is a tournament appreciated by sponsors and fans."