Last season Cori Gauff blasted onto the scene doing great stuff at her Wimbledon run. The first round was started with defeating Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and the tattooed Polona Hercog. Gauff tried her best to get pass Simona Halep but couldn't turn a victory into the three set battle.
The next tournament at the CitiOpen was successful as her and partner Caty McNally won the doubles title. But Gauff found the U.S. Open a struggle to win over Naomi Osaka as she took the loss gracefully. "I think she played amazing.
She had way more winners than I did and it was hard to take control of the rallies, but I'll learn..." Gauff said giving credit to Osaka and herself. She won a singles title at the Linz Open over the 2017 French Open Champ Jelena Ostapenko and captured a doubles title with McNally at the Luxembourg Open.
She left the last season confident. Negotiations this year were made as she told the WTA her choice to play the ASB Classic, the Australian Open and Indian Wells, an abbreviated schedule because of ther sweet 16 age limitations.
After New Zealand, she struggled and had losses in the round of 16 to Laura Siegemund and the semi final she made it through but bowed with her doubles partner McNally to Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend. Australia brought new challenges for Gauff who fought hard against Sofia Kenin in the fourth round but it was difficult to gain victories over the sun-visored American and her doubles competition against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic had collapsed.
She took it with a smile and promised herself that Indian Wells would be a different story. Then things developed to sidestep her dream. The coronavirus issue would smother Gauff's hope and so many others, now no one knows when the next tournament will be.
First it was the end of April now talks are stronger for May or June. All that's for sure is a few more events should be on the 16 year old's racket before the U.S. Open in August with the French Open to follow. Will she get a wild card for the two majors? She probably will and she looks forward to the double challenges saying "I'd rather play back-to-back Slams than no Slams at all."
It will be difficult for Gauff to turn a long hiatus into a victory. Cori Gauff knows how to get in the groove when she has to and at her young age simply says that "It's not ideal, but we can't do much about that."