Coco Gauff says Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova didn’t let one match outline their careers after struggling Australian Open semi-final heartbreak on Thursday.
Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka took her revenge in opposition to Gauff to make it back-to-back finals in Melbourne.
Gauff denied Sabalenka a second Grand Slam title of the yr with victory within the US Open last final summer time however her profitable run on the majors got here to an finish with defeat under the roof on Rod Laver Arena.
“Powerful match for me. Total a Positive match. I had probabilities in each units, however she performed higher tonight,” stated Gauff. “I believe it simply got here right down to a few factors, and that is tennis.
“At this stage in any match, however particularly a Grand Slam, whether or not I misplaced 6-1 6-1, or like I did immediately, or in a third-set tie-break, I nonetheless assume it might damage simply as a lot.”
The American admitted she thought she had performed higher in her straight-sets loss than at Flushing Meadows final September when she clinched her first Grand Slam title in three units.
The 19-year-old world No 4 made such a giant impression on the game’s greatest stage at such a younger age that it appears outstanding that her teenagers will solely come to an finish in March.
Gauff felt pleased with her achievements within the time since she reached the fourth spherical of Wimbledon on the age of 15.
“Total, this stage of my life, it was clearly a profitable time,” she stated.
“I did wish to win a Slam as a young person, and I did that. Clearly immediately I hoped to get quantity two, or a minimum of give myself an opportunity to get quantity two. It did not occur, however I really feel like I am there. So hopefully I can go solely upwards from right here.”
I’ll dwell on it however… the solar goes to rise tomorrow. Tomorrow, I do not know, I’ll attempt to go to the films or one thing, be pleased with myself.
Prime 3 quickest serves at Australian Open (WTA)
1. Gauff 201 km/h
2. Gauff 199 km/h
3. Gauff 199 km/h
Most significantly, maybe, Gauff, who turns 20 subsequent month, stated she was nonetheless having fun with her tennis, even in defeat.
“I watched these matches rising up and watching Serena (Williams) and watching (Maria) Sharapova lose these matches,” she added.
“Once you’re in it, it looks like the top of the world however then if you take a look at historical past, they did not let one match outline their profession.
“I’ll dwell on it however… the solar goes to rise tomorrow. Tomorrow, I do not know, I’ll attempt to go to the films or one thing, be pleased with myself.”
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