"I think she's gotten a lot better since the last time I played her," the WTA's 12th ranked teen phenom commented on her getting defeated by France's Caroline Garcia at the U.S. Open's quarterfinal berth.
It was very obvious that Gauff's ego had taken more than a big hit when she was knocked out of the last Major of the year but things weren't meant to be and better situations may be coming. Gauff came into the New York Slam with a 2-0 record against the smiling Frenchwoman.
They had met in February of this year at Doha where the teen overpowered her in straight sets. Earlier, it was at Indian Wells of last October that Gauff creamed Garcia in three sets to come up the winner. What has changed since then leaves many fans scratching their heads in disbelief of this overall revelation.
Garcia has won 13 straight matches, including eight at the Western and Southern Open, came through qualifying and defeated 3 Top-10 players before capturing the French Open doubles title with partner Kristina Mladenovic.
It's not sure if Gauff knew the heavy resume of Garcia but in the first set the Frenchwoman played a blockbuster performance. She quickly jumped to a 4-0 lead leaving the pro-Gauff fans astonished. Garcia called all the shots from the baseline, blasting great serves and kept her tempo to grab up the 6-3, 6-4 victory in close to a 2-hour extravaganza.
There were a few screams of "Let's Go Coco" but Garcia's court noice and performance deafened the crowd tremendously. Gauff did make a deep run at the French Open by trekking all the way into the finals. Here at the U.S.
Open it was the quarterfinals, but competition runs deep for a teen who does have a few titles under her belt but still yet not the years or experience. She has defeated at this Slam a tough Zhang and Madison Keys, along with Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep in Canada and Karolina Pliskova in Germany.
Digging out those victorious strategies from her racketbag still has to be done. There will indeed to be great and greater things coming for the teen with tremendous talents and fortitude. "Overall I'm super proud myself on this tournament.
But I'm hungry for more. So maybe next year," she said as there was a small smile of hope. 'She's still young' the tennis community has said time and again and her future for success at tournaments and Slams may happen very soon.
The next Major is at Australia where she will have her bucket list full to go pass the opening round of the 'Down Under' tournament in January.