Inspired by Emma Raducanu, Cori Gauff aims maiden Grand Slam title at French Open

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Inspired by Emma Raducanu, Cori Gauff aims maiden Grand Slam title at French Open

American tennis star Cori Gauff, 19, says Emma Raducanu showed that it is possible to put on a great run and win a Grand Slam when nobody expects you to go all the way. At the US Open last year, Raducanu made tennis history as she became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.

At that time, Raducanu was ranked around 150th place in the world and nobody had her among top title contenders. Raducanu's initial goal was to just make it past the qualifying event and make her US Open main draw but she ended up doing a lot more than just making her debut at Flushing Meadows.

Gauff, who is considered as one of the most promising and talented players on the WTA Tour, is hoping to become the new teenage Grand Slam champipn Gauff is set to take on fellow compatriot Sloane Stephens in the French Open quarterfinal.

Gauff: Raducanu showed it is possible

“I’m thinking, especially if US Open taught us anything, that anybody can win on any day," Gauff said, per Tennis365. “I think all players should really go into the match thinking about that.

I think for me I’ve always believed that I could go far, but for other players I think so as well. In this tournament, I mean, both sides of the draw, with the exception of Iga, there are a lot of lower-seeded and lower-ranked players still left in the tournament.

So I really think that players believe that. Other players believe that. I think a lot of it stems from that tournament”. Last year, Gauff reached her maiden French Open quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Gauff has been vocal about her desire to make a Grand Slam breakthrough while she is still a teenager and now she has a shot at winning her maiden Major this week.