American tennis star Coru Gauff, 18, says Serena Williams might be 40 and returning after a long injury break but she considers the 23-time Grand Slam champion as a Wimbledon title contender. Williams, who retired injured her Wimbledon first round match a year ago, took a wildcard into this year’s Wimbledon.
Williams will be playing her first singles match in 12 month when she takes on Harmony Tan in the Wimbledon first round. “As a player, we all know she’s at the end of her career, and, you know, you just don’t know how many more times you’re going to see her.
I think whenever she’s in a tournament, she’s always a contender to win, even if she hadn’t played for a year,” Gauff said of Williams, per Tennis Now.
Coco on Serena: “As a player, we all know she’s at the end of her career, and, you know, you just don’t know how many more times you’re going to see her.
I think whenever she’s in a tournament, she’s always a contender to win, even if she hadn’t played for a year.” — TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) June 25, 2022
Gauff not putting too much pressure on herself anymore
Gauff, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
12 in the world, introduced herself to the tennis world when she reached the Wimbledon last-16 as a 15-year-old in 2019. “Honestly, I feel like I’m a lot more relaxed than when I was considered the sensation or whatever,” Gauff said.
“I mean, I did well, wasn’t expecting to, but it felt like everybody wanted the results to happen now, now, now. I feel like I learned so much not to put pressure on now, now, now. This time around, even though I’m considered a favourite, I don’t feel like it as much as I did when I was 15 or even 16.”
At this past French Open, Gauff reached her maiden Grand Slam final before losing to Iga Swiatek. “Definitely a lot of positives to take from it, that I can play two weeks of high, competitive tennis in two events,” Gauff explained.
“I would have never thought I would have made the final of both events. I learned a lot from that final. I’m going to take what I learned to here. Hopefully I go far. But it was definitely the experience of a lifetime, and hopefully I can recreate it.”
In the Wimbledon first round, Gauff faces Elena Gabriela Ruse. Gauff is considered among favorites for the Wimbledon title.