Coco Gauff’s iconic US Open trophy speech not solely resonated with tennis followers all over the world, however together with her fellow athletes.
Late final month, WNBA star Breanna Stewart shouted out Gauff, and the American’s now-famous message to her detractors after profitable her first main title in Queens, as an inspiration to her regardless of Gauff being a decade youthful. The 29-year-old Stewart, in her first 12 months taking part in for the New York Liberty, which performs its house video games within the adjoining New York Metropolis borough of Brooklyn, was named the league’s MVP — the primary Liberty participant to earn the glory.
“Coco, what you mentioned whenever you received the US Open caught with me,” Stewart mentioned, earlier than quoting Gauff’s memorable message: “I attempt my finest to hold this with grace, however actually to those that thought they have been placing water on my hearth, you have been actually including fuel — and now I am burning so shiny.”
And on the China Open this week, Gauff despatched the love proper again.
“I noticed her MVP speech on Instagram,” Gauff mentioned. “It was actually cool to be quoted by such an unimaginable athlete as her, particularly somebody that is older to me, far more established in her area or her sport than I’m, draw inspiration from me.
“Congratulations to her for getting the MVP. I believe in basketball, it is one thing that is troublesome ‘trigger you may play nice, and it is actually as much as different individuals to resolve if you happen to deserve it.”
Stewart will lead the Liberty in subsequent week’s WNBA Finals within the hopes of bringing house the workforce’s first-ever league championship. And with Gauff’s hometown Miami Warmth at the moment with out a girls’s affiliate, the US Open champion is open to rooting pursuits.
Stewart looks as if the proper match.
“I believe she had an unimaginable season … I am actually glad for her. I do know the playoffs are happening proper now,” Gauff mentioned. “Hopefully the remainder of the season might be actually good. I have been rooting for extra particular person gamers. South Florida would not have an WNBA workforce, so I have been rooting for extra gamers than precise groups.”
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