Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander thinks Cori Gauff needs to figure out how be tactically be a better player and to learn how to figure out her opponent. Gauff, 17, suffered a shock loss to Wang Qiang in the Australian Open first round as the Chinese won 6-4 6-2.
"For Gauff it is time to start playing tennis," Eurosport's Mats Wilander said in the Cube, as quoted on Eurosport. "She is physically so strong for someone so young. She's extremely mature on court.
But tactically I find she hits shots that you wonder 'why would you do that?' It's time for her to work out how to tactically be a better player. "Hopefully she can learn because some players never learn how to play smart tennis.
They just play physical tennis. For her to be a future grand slam champion the pressure really is starting to build on Gauff. "She still has many years before she gets to her best, but she has to learn now how to figure out her opponent.
You can't always be perfect." "I lost two times against her last year so I just tried my best and focus on the court," Wang said after the match.
Gauff delivered a disappointing performance
Gauff entered the match as the clear favorite against world No.
110 Wang but she ended up winning just six games. Gauff finished the match with 38 unforced errors and afterwards admitted she was disappointed with her performance. "I think just everything disappointed me about today," Gauff said after the loss.
"I feel like in the pre-season, like I worked really hard, and I felt like I was ready to have a good run here. Today I just didn't perform well. "I think there's a lot to learn from. I think I was playing a little bit tighter than normal."