Cori Gauff, 17, feels she has the game to win a Grand Slam but adds she needs to mentally improve in order to win her first Major. Last year, Gauff reached the French Open quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.
Also, Gauff has twice reached the round-of-16 at Wimbledon and once made the last-16 at the Australian Open. “I feel like for me, definitely I feel like I can go far in slams. For me I think it’s more of a mental thing, when am I mentally matured enough to win one.
I feel like I have all the physical attributes and the game and everything. I think that’s kind of like a lot of players on the tour, we are all pretty physically fit. We all have big serves or big forehands or some type of weapon that helps us win matches," Gauff said.
Gauff: Mentality is the key to winning a Grand Slam
Gauff was hoping to make a deep run at Melbourne Park this year but then suffered a surprise defeat to Wang Qiang. “I think what really sets the other players, Grand Slam champions apart from the rest is probably their mentality.
I’m hoping and have been working on trying to be mentally mature to make it far in slams and hopefully win one," Gauff added. Gauff came close to becoming a Grand Slam champion last year as she and Caty McNally ended runners-up in the US Open doubles final.
"Yeah, I mean, playing with Caty, I think on the court we're obviously very good individual talents. I think what makes us good together is our friendship off the court. For me, I think I do better when I play with people that I spend a lot of time with off the court.
Yeah, I think doubles is a time for me to relax a little bit, having somebody out there on the court," Gauff explained.
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