Cori Gauff on her thoughts as she saw Iga Swiatek win the RG title.

Cori Gauff acknowledges that achieving a Grand Slam at the French Open helped to reduce some of the pressure for a significant outcome, but she also says it made her more driven to achieve more success. Gauff, 18, lost to Iga Swiatek in the French Open final after reaching her first Grand Slam final.

Gauff, who debuted in 2019 and is only 18 years old, set very high goals for herself after making it to the Wimbledon last 16 as a 15-year-old. Gauff imagined herself holding Swiatek’s French Open trophy in the future as she watched Swiatek lift the trophy.

According to Gauff and the WTA website, “It did” “But it undoubtedly left me wanting more. Iga [Swiatek] is someone I adore, but when I saw her get the Roland Garros trophy at the ceremony, I told myself, “I want to soak this moment in and just envision and make me want to work harder to be the next person, or hopefully the next, to raise that trophy.”

So, yes, it did help me unwind, but it also increased my desire for it. Before then, I thought I wanted it more, but I believe experiencing something for yourself makes you want it even more.”

Happy for Daria Kasatkina, Gauff

Kasatkina came out as gay last month.

Gauff simply hopes Kasatkina doesn’t run into any issues in her home nation of Russia, which is not really a place that is extremely accepting of the LGBTQ+ population “Simply put, I’m incredibly thrilled for her and send my best wishes.

How many individuals in her situation feel motivated by that, I can only guess. I believe this is yet another reason why it’s critical to voice opinions regarding issues like that. Therefore, I’m just incredibly glad for her and I hope that both the situation improves and that this sparks discussion in her country “said Gauff.