“It Would Lead Me to Become a Champion”: Coco Gauff Opens up on Disappointing Loss at French Open 2021

Published 06/09/2021, 2:05 PM EDT
Coco Gauff of the U.S. during her first round match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


It was an enthralling quarterfinal match at the French Open 2021 as Coco Gauff lost Barbora Krejčíková, 6-7, 3-6. Coco went into the match as a clear favorite, but the American couldn’t get the job done as Barbora was well prepared for the match.

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It was certainly a heartbreaking result for Coco, as she was on the verge of reaching her first Grand Slam semis, whereas for Barbora, this will be her first entry to the single’s semifinals of the French Open. 

Coco Gauff opens up about her upsetting defeat

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After the match was over, Coco Gauff spoke to the press as she analyzed her reasons for the upsetting defeat. The American was disheartened and never tried to hide her genuine emotions. Coco spoke about how the first set was vital for the match, and her incapability to win that set cost her the match.

“I’m disappointed that I didn’t close up the first set. But it’s already the past. (She was told) after the match it would lead me to become a champion, and I’ve learned a lot from this experience.”

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After expressing her disappointment in her efficiency to win the first set and her overall loss, Gauff was quick to retreat by saying that the game is in the past and that she won’t waste time thinking about what she could have done to finish the match. She also added that she was so proud of herself for giving an honest fight for every point.

Switching from clay to grass

Coco Gauff was then asked about the difficulty of changing from clay to grass as a player. She replied that she had only done it once in her career before.

“Hard for me to speak about switching from clay to grass because I only did it one in my career, losing at the 1st time of the qualifications at the French Open, so I had time.”

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As the French Open moves towards its culmination, the upcoming ATP tours will be played in the grass as the Wimbledon 2021 is in the corner. The Wimbledon will start on June 21st and the fans are excited about it. The players who have already exited from the French Open are trying to adapt to the grass court so that they can gain an early advantage.

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