BEIJING — A brand new match, the identical Coco Gauff. The 19-year-old US Open champion wouldn’t have it some other approach. Gauff is able to get again to work as she prepares to make her debut on the China Open subsequent week, the place she is going to play her first match as a Grand Slam champion.
“As soon as I bought house, it was fairly chill,” Gauff advised reporters at China Open Media Day. “I took per week off, which is the longest I’ve ever taken off from tennis. It was a little bit bit bizarre having nothing to do.
“Then we had a little bit celebration with all my family and friends may go to in Florida. After that, proper again to coaching and again to getting again to work, which actually, I used to be desirous to get again. Per week was a very long time for me to take off.”
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Beijing will kick off Gauff’s first-career Asian swing. The World No.3 will comply with up her Beijing debut with an look on the Zhengzhou Open, the place she accepted a wild card. She is going to end her WTA season on the WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico, the place she has certified for a second consecutive season.
Gauff says it took her only some days to come back again to earth after her run to her first main title. Gauff discovered herself bored and stressed after she returned to Florida.
“It was actually a little bit bit bizarre,” she mentioned, “as a result of it was simply one of many greatest issues in your life, you then go house and also you’re again to cleansing and doing all of the common stuff that you simply do.
“However I am not shocked. I do know I’ve a number of tennis left in me. I do not need to simply dwell on this. It was superb, however it is time to transfer on.”
Seeded No.3 in Beijing, Gauff will face Ekaterina Alexandrova within the first spherical. It is a probably difficult opener for Gauff. The 2 have break up their two earlier conferences. Gauff needed to save match factors to win a nail-biter in Dubai in 2021. Alexandrova dropped solely 4 video games to her this summer time in Berlin.
Then there may be the added strain of enjoying as a reigning main champion. Gauff now has a goal on her again. Then once more, she’s carried that acquainted strain of being a reputation to beat since she was 15.
Perhaps that is why Gauff insists she feels no totally different going into this subsequent part of her profession.
“I feel perhaps as a result of my eagerness and my ambition is so excessive, I do not need to finish at only one [Slam],” Gauff mentioned.
“I do not really feel any totally different. The primary couple days I did, then as soon as I bought house, I used to be like, ‘OK, it is again to regular.'”
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