“All She Needs to Do Is…”: Venus Williams Roots for Coco Gauff at US Open 2021

Published 08/28/2021, 11:42 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Cori Gauff of the United States shakes hands at the net with Venus Williams of The United States after her Ladies’ Singles first round match against Venus Williams of The United States during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


From Monday 30th August, top tennis players will campaign for the US Open 2021 title. Unfortunately, the tournament will miss its two pioneers, the Williams sisters, for the first time since 2003. Nonetheless, the seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has announced that she would be rooting for her compatriots, chiefly ‘awesome’ Coco Gauff.

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Earlier, 41-year-old Venus with 17-year-old Coco had played as doubles partners at the French Open 2021. Accordingly, the legend got a soft corner for her. Besides, the two-time US Open champion also shared a piece of advice for the teenager.

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Venus Williams shares advice for Coco Gauff at the US Open 2021

To begin with, tennis legend Venus Williams shared how painful it is to not play in front of home fans. Hence, to make up for it, she would be supporting the Americans. When asked for a name, she answered, “Obviously, my doubles partner Coco Gauff.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Coco Gauff of the United States of America plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

On the WTA Tour, the elder Williams and Gauff have also competed against one another a couple of times. Hence, Venus knows what the 17-year-old needs to do in the two weeks coming ahead.

“Maybe she [Coco] will have a breakthrough tournament,” Venus continued. “She’s got so much in her head over though so, all she needs to do is to focus on continuing to get better.”

Unquestionably, Gauff has a mesmerizing playing style. Despite her age, she is indeed one player to watch out for at Flushing Meadows.

In 2019, she even made it to the third round before losing to Naomi Osaka. Now, only time will tell whether the Gauff magic will delight in Flushing Meadows again.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: Cori Gauff of the United States and Naomi Osaka of Japan speak following their Women’s Singles third round match on day six of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Who will Gauff play in the first round in New York?

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Seeded 21st in the main draw, Gauff will play her opening match against Polish player Magda Linette. The duo will compete on the first day of this year’s US Open.

Furthermore, as part of the top half of the draw, Gauff could potentially meet the 2016 champion and former World No.1, Angelique Kerber. Therefore, she would want to follow Venus’s advice on improving every day in Flushing Meadows.

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Do you think Gauff could improve on her 2019 results at the US Open 2021?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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