American Tennis Veteran, Whose Grand Slam Dream Was Shattered by Chris Evert, Sternly Warns Coco Gauff About Rising Indian Wells Hopes

Published 03/13/2023, 12:23 PM EDT

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A Grand Slam victory at a young age is like a dream come true. It does, however, come with its own set of responsibilities and expectations. As the 18-year-old American player, Coco Gauff is giving her 100% to win her first Grand Slam title. Seeing her dedication and determination, the tennis veteran, Pam Shriver, who won 22 Grand Slam titles in her entire tennis career, shared a piece of clear advice for the 18-year-old.

The 60-year-old tennis player reached her first major final as a teenager aged 16. But then faced a drastic fall after reaching her first Grand Slam final and winning tournaments. She had to endure defeats against tennis giant Chris Evert.

Pam Shriver’s advice for Coco Gauff 


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In an interview with the WTA, the former doubles world number one tennis player praised the 18-year-old tennis sensation. She described her as an exceptional tennis player who will undoubtedly win many titles during her tennis career. While talking about her American tennis star’s capability, she issued a warning, explaining that Gauff should slow down for a bit and work on herself.

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She said, “I know how it is to burst onto the scene, the expectations it creates. There are simply no guarantees of anything – nothing.” Just like the American tennis sensation, Shriver, after reaching her first Grand Slam final, faced defeat for the next 8 Grand Slam tournaments.

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Further, the tennis veteran emphasized the fact that, with more time, she would have much more success in the future. But the major focus in her early days should be on working on her forehand and improving her skills. After witnessing her improving form in Indian Wells. However, do you know – Gauff’s goal after doing well in the Grand Slam tournament is to just win a major tournament?

Gauff is still eagerly waiting to win a Grand Slam title

When the 18-year-old tennis star reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2021. She talked about concentrating on winning Grand Slam competitions and stated her goal clearly. She distinguished her main objective of winning a major championship while also discussing it by remaining unaffected by the details of her rank.


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And last year, she took a step closer and reached the French Open finals. But she was defeated by the current world no. 1, Iga Swiatek. Yet the 18-year-old is giving it her all on the tennis court and aspires to win every championship at once, not just Grand Slam titles.


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Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.
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Akash Pandhare