Cori Gauff is having one of the best moments of her career. The very young American player won her second career title in Parma last May 22nd and reached the quarter-finals at the Roland Garros 2021, where she only lost to the eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.
Gauff is currently playing at Wimbledon 2021 and she played a spectacular round of 16 against former champion Angelique Kerber, who triumphed on the All England Club lawns in 2018 by beating Serena Williams in the final.
After defeating Kaja Juvan in two sets, the 17-year-old said in the press conference: “I remember when Kerber won at Wimbledon, it was a victory that not many people expected. She knows exactly what it takes to get to that level and she took a big win in Germany last week.
I will go out onto the court and play without any pressure. My dad told me I’ve already equaled my 2019 record, so now I should play even more free. I know it will be a really difficult match and that I will have to give my all.”
Gauff praises Roger Federer
Gauff then talked about one of her greatest idols, the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer. She said: “One of the reasons I was nervous in the second round was because he was watching my game. Roger has a great influence on me both on and off the court.
He is a person you can always ask for some advice. He has a lot of class and is one of those athletes you would like to look like. We are from several generations, I want to be the best model of person I can become. I don’t think I’m the person I am because of Roger, I’m Coco. But without a doubt I want to be like him but also remain myself.”
Both Federer and Gauff played their respective round of 16 on the Manic Monday on the Centre Court of the Church Road facilities. The young American star’s match against Angelique Kerber will precede Roger Federer’s match with Lorenzo Sonego.