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Despite Acknowledging Coco Gauff’s ‘Beautiful Story’, Maria Sharapova Makes a Hard-Hitting Admission About the 19YO American’s Tennis Future

Published 09/27/2023, 5:55 AM EDT

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Coco Gauff, an up-and-coming tennis sensation, is more than simply a force to be reckoned with on the court. She is unstoppable, currently giving tough competition to the other Grand Slam champions in the tennis arena. Now that the 19-year-old has won her first major title, she has received warm words of appreciation from a lot of tennis giants. But she is yet to prove if she can be a legend in the sport. And one former player has her reservations.

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Recently, she received another compliment from the Russian tennis player, Maria Sharapova, who made a serious statement regarding the American sensation’s tennis future. The 36-year-old also shared a touching tale that perfectly captured the characteristics of the third-ranked tennis player both on and off the court.

Maria Sharapova made an admission regarding Coco Gauff’s future


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Recently, the five-time Grand Slam champion appeared on The Rennae Stubbs Tennis Podcast, where she talked about a lot of things related to tennis. Later on in that same interview, she also discussed the remarkable rise of the 19-year-old tennis pro to the point where she won her first US Open championship.

She said, “I just think she has you know, she has a great team and her you know that the support from the genuine support from her parents is very evident. And it’s a beautiful story. And I think and look, does that mean that she’s going to go out and win every single Grand Slam? This sport never happens most of the time.”


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Masha practically talked about how it’s not that easy to win every Grand Slam title every time one steps on the tennis court. Along with that, the 36-year-old Russian former tennis pro added a fact about how Gauff needs to learn to endure ups and downs, considering that winning comes with so many losses.


The reigning US Open champion is seeming to benefit from the win-loss lesson. Just a few months earlier, following the French Open, the third-ranked tennis player set a stunning record and only became the second person to accomplish that extraordinary feat after Sharapova.

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Seventeen years after Sharapova etched her name in tennis lore, another youthful sensation, Gauff, joined her in setting a unique record. The 2023 US Open winner established a rare record earlier this year when she advanced to her third straight quarterfinal at the French Open.

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Between 2004 and 2006, the five-time Grand Slam champion made it to the Wimbledon quarterfinals three times in a row. After that, the 19-year-old tennis player became just the second since 2006 and the youngest to reach three consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals. Furthermore, the famed Russian tennis player won her first Grand Slam at the age of 17 in 2004, and the American teenager won her first trophy at the age of 19 by winning the US Open.


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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. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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Mitali Dey