Cori Gauff says she is “going to give it my all” at the US Open but highlighted that it will not be the end of the world if she fails to land her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows this year. On Sunday, 19-year-old Gauff collected her first WTA 1000 title after beating Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-4 in the Cincinnati final.
Gauff has had a strong summer on hard courts as the American also won a WTA 500 event in Washington. Gauff has done great in the lead-up to the US Open and she is now definitely considered a favorite for the title at Flushing Meadows.
But Gauff wants to stay focused on her “linear path” and not get too high or too low in her expectations.
Gauff asked about her US Open title chances
“Just embracing it [being in the spotlight] but also just focusing on your linear path.
I think the biggest thing that I’ve learned is that everybody’s path for you is not what’s true, it’s not what’s going to happen. Even the path that you want for yourself may not happen. I believe in just, I don’t know, you give it your all.
That’s all you can do. I’m going to give it my all in US Open. If things go great, that’s exciting. If not, I go back and work hard and get ready for the next one. That’s kind of the mentality you have to have. I can’t control how I play.
Today I couldn’t control my serve. But that’s the thing, for me, I try to tell myself literally the first point, I knew it was going to be a tough match, I was just, Just accept the good with the bad. I probably double-faulted the most I did in a while.
That’s accepting the good with the bad, just keep persevering. So that’s what I’m going to do in US Open. I think this match really taught me a lot really just for maybe my whole career,” Gauff said, via Sportskeeda.