Serena and Venus Williams‘ accomplishments, in Cori Gauff’s opinion, are on “another level,” so she is not placing any pressure on herself to match them. Gauff, 18, is frequently likened to the Williams sisters, who are her heroes.
Serena won 23 Grand Slams in her career, yet her accomplishments cannot be used as a yardstick for success. Gauff is recognized as one of the sport’s most talented players, and the overwhelming consensus is that she will one day win a Grand Slam and hold the No. 1 ranking in the world.
“I don’t really feel like it. I believe that what Venus and Serena Williams have accomplished is still at a higher level. I suppose it’s extremely difficult to feel like you should assume their mantle or that you belong on that level.
I suppose it’s quite difficult for me to put myself in that stressful situation. I might feel it a little bit more if Serena had only won a couple of slams, but I estimate 20 or so,” Gauff told Sportskeeda.
Gauff is excited to portray Emma Raducanu.
Gauff defeated Katerina Siniakova on Monday, 6-1, 6-4, to advance to the second round of the Australian Open.
Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, will be Gauff’s next opponent. The 20-year-old British player, Raducanu, has been under a great deal of pressure and anticipation since since he won the US Open in 2021.
She has undoubtedly experienced a lot of strain since entering the picture. More than I’ve likely ever encountered when traveling to win a Slam. It’s certainly a lot more pressure than I’m used to as an American, especially since I’m from the UK and the first Briton to [win a Slam] in a very long time.
Although Serena [Williams] is now retired, she was always regarded as the leading American. Gauff remarked of Raducanu, “I can obviously connect to breaking onto the scene and dealing with some pressure, but I don’t think to that extent. At the Australian Open, Gauff and Raducanu will square off against one another for the first time.