By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday January 25, 2024
Coco Gauff’s last Grand Slam as an adolescent resulted in disappointment, however the American is attempting to see the positives after falling to Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(2), 6-4 on within the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday evening in Melbourne.
“General a constructive match,” Gauff informed reporters after the loss. “I had probabilities in each units, however she performed higher tonight. I felt like I did my finest with the sport plan that I had. I believe it simply got here right down to a few factors, and that is tennis.”
The American was bidding to develop into the fourth American teenager to notch 50 wins on the Grand Slams as an adolescent, however fell one victory quick. She expressed blended feelings about her efficiency.
The Individuals that received 50 or extra matches as youngsters had been Mary Joe Fernandez (57), Tracy Austin (56) and Jennifer Capriati (50).
“I simply really feel like I have a look at the glass half empty, so I am adverse,” she mentioned. “Then I checked out that stat and I am like that they had nice careers. So I am in the correct course. I simply should remind myself of the journey and never a lot of the second.
“I’m actually happy with myself. I did need to win a slam as an adolescent, and I did that. Clearly right this moment I hoped to get No. 2, or not less than give myself an opportunity to get No. 2. It did not occur, however I really feel like I am there, yeah. So hopefully I can go solely upwards from right here.”
Regardless of the loss, Gauff can take solace in the truth that she reeled off a 12-match Grand Slam profitable streak and received her maiden main title in her final two Grand Slams as an adolescent (she’s going to flip 20 in March). She has already performed two main finals, profitable one, and owns a document or 49-17 on the Grand Slams.
Although dissatisfied, she needed to make it clear that she is having enjoyable and having fun with her journey, and received’t let one outcome outline her narrative.
“Yeah, I’m having enjoyable. I really feel like if I ever get to a second the place I cease having enjoyable, I’d take a break,” she mentioned. “I believe for me an important factor is to proceed that, having enjoyable. Although tonight I misplaced, it was nonetheless a terrific aggressive match.
“I watched these matches rising up and, like, watching Serena and watching Sharapova lose, like, these [types of] matches. It looks as if whenever you’re in it, it seems like the top of the world. However then whenever you have a look at historical past, they did not let one match outline their profession.”