Cori Gauff opens on how Iga Swiatek's success is motivating her

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Cori Gauff opens on how Iga Swiatek's success is motivating her

Cori Gauff, 18, admits she is inspired by Iga Swiatek as she is also hoping to soon become a Grand Slam champion and a top-10 player. Gauff turned 18 in March and she is considered as someone who could win multiple Grand Slams and reach the world No.

1 ranking. Swiatek, 20, won her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2020 French Open and this year reached the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in her career. Swiatek doing major things at such a young age took away some pressure from Gauff as the majority of focus this year has been on the Pole.

Gauff is definitely one of the most promising and talented players on the WTA Tour and wants to do major things now as Swiatek proved to her that is possible when you put in the hard work.

Gauff: Swiatek doing it shows me it is possible

“It definitely takes the pressure off,” Gauff told Eurosport.

“I feel like my age is a big thing that people were talking about but I think for me, we’re all on the court, we’re all going to the same lines, the same balls, the same everything. “Age, yes, does play a factor a little bit with experience or maybe physically, but Iga being No.1 definitely gives a little extra motivation knowing that she can accomplish it at such a young age in the sport, and maybe you think that you can do it too”.

Gauff was hoping to make a major run at the Australian Open earlier this year but she failed to do so after suffering a shock first round defeat to Wang Qiang. Gauff will be hoping to bounce back at the French Open. Gauff enjoyed a good French Open campaign last year as she reached the quarterfinal before losing to Barbora Krejcikova.

So far this clay season, Gauff suffered a first round loss in Stuttgart and reached the Madrid round-of-16. On Monday, Gauff was beaten in straight sets by Simona Halep in the Madrid last-16.