Cori Gauff believes her current ranking is a reflection of how good she is as a player and highlighted that she wants to elevate her game to a new level. Gauff, ranked at No 6 in the world, has established herself as one of the best players on the WTA Tour but she is not winning Grand Slam or WTA 1000 events.
Last month, Gauff made the semifinal of a WTA 1000 event in Dubai before losing to Iga Swiatek. In Indian Wells, Gauff reached the Indian Wells quarterfinal before Aryna Sabalenka handed her a 6-4 6-0 defeat.
Gauff: This is not where I want to stay, my goal is to be No 1
I mean, I think right now I feel like I’m playing where my ranking is, and I don’t want to stay, you know, just inside the top 10. I want to be No. 1. So I think I have to do better when it comes to these type of matchups when I’m playing higher-ranked players or in general even players who are slightly ranked lower than me, I think I need to do better in those matchups.
I think that’s the reason why. You know, getting late into these tournaments but falling up short. I think I just need to take care of the details because the details definitely start to show when you’re playing against higher-ranked players and they know how to capitalize off that.
So I think I need to improve certain areas of my game so that it’s not so easy to capitalize off of it," Gauff said. Now that Gauff's Indian Wells campaign is over, she will now turn her focus on the upcoming WTA 1000 event in Miami.
Last year, Gauff achieved her best Miami result when she reached the round-of-16. It remains to be seen if this year Gauff can make a really deep Miami run.