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Coco Gauff is one of the most exciting talents in women’s tennis, and she has very big plans for her future after discussing her goals with the media. The American teenager’s mood didn’t appear to be too dampened despite defeat at Indian Wells on Wednesday.
The American produced her best run at the 2023 Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, reaching the quarter-finals before a straight sets defeat to Aryna Sabalenka. She has enjoyed a solid year so far, winning the title in Auckland along with reaching the semi-finals in Dubai.
Currently ranked number six in the world, Gauff has plans to move up the rankings and has her eye on reaching the summit. However, she has the small matter of trying to dethrone world No.1 Iga Swiatek, who is currently on course to defend her Indian Wells title.
Assessing her current performances, Gauff said: “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.”
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The teenager was eliminated from Indian Wells by Australian Open champion Sabalenka, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 victory. Despite her best efforts, the American had no answer for the Belarusian’s power and precision as her campaign in the California desert came to an abrupt end.
Post-match, Gauff assessed what she can improve on in order to capitalise on having deep runs at the bigger events. “You know, getting late into these tournaments but falling short,” she admitted. “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 capitalise off that.
“So I think I need to improve certain areas of my game so that it’s not so easy to capitalise off of it.” Gauff will turn her attention to the Miami Open next week, but soon she will be on screen for a different reason. The 2022 French Open runner-up is due to be a guest star on the next episode of US sports drama All American: Homecoming.
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Earlier this week the WTA tweeted she would feature in the spin-off of the critically acclaimed All American series, to which Gauff responded: “Coming soon.” Commenting on her acting experience, Gauff admitted she was grateful for the opportunity, but seemed to rule out a full-time career in the profession. “It was a very different experience,” she said via the WTA website.
“We did it in December during the off-season. I didn’t realise how many times you have to do a scene over and over and over again. Drills in tennis are repetitive, but I think that’s even more repetitive.
“It was cool. I would do it again because of the people I met, but I don’t think I would do it again because of the work. But if I can meet cool people, yeah, I would keep doing it. Huge respect to all the actors, people in that business. It’s definitely not as easy as it seems on the TV.” US viewers will be able to catch Gauff on All American: Homecoming on Monday, March 20 at 9pm ET on The CW Network.
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