“Not Really a Surface People Associate With Me”: Coco Gauff Reacts After Lifting Twin-Title at WTA Parma 2021 on Clay

Published 05/23/2021, 7:41 AM EDT
Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates during her first round match against Britain’s Johanna Konta REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


If there’s one player who is on cloud nine at the moment, it is the 17-year-old Coco Gauff. The American recently won her second title on tour at the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021 by crushing Wang Qiang in the finals in straight sets. Her happiness became double when she won the twin-title in Parma by winning the doubles trophy there as well with her partner Caty McNally.

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In a recent interview, Gauff seemed really cheerful after conquering Parma. She reflected that she is feeling amazing, especially after winning two titles on clay. She also mentioned that she always likes to play on clay and has enjoyed brilliant results on the surface in the recent past.

Coco Gauff plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first-round match against Venus Williams. Day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“It definitely means a lot, especially on clay, which is not really a surface I feel like people associate with me. I always liked [clay], but I always fall on it, I always get dirty! I have good results on it, so it’s not about my performance. It’s just that clay shows you a little extra love than the other surfaces do,” said Gauff in the interview.

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Gauff stated that clay offers a little extra love to her than any other surface. Her record has also been better on clay as compared to other surfaces.

“All week I just was thinking about it”- Coco Gauff on winning both the titles at the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021

Gauff claimed that she trained herself really hard for the WTA Parma Open 2021. She always used to think about winning both the titles there and in the end, the tournament proved to be a blockbuster for her.

Coco Gauff of the United States celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles third round match against Naomi Osaka of Japan day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

“I feel like all week I just was thinking about it. Especially when we got to the semifinals, you’re thinking about it, like, ‘It would be pretty cool to win both the singles and doubles titles.’ Happy that I was able to do that today,” added the young American player.

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Interestingly, at 17 years and 70 days, Gauff is the youngest player to win the twin-title at any event since Maria Sharapova accomplished the same at the Birmingham Open 2004. Sharapova was just 15 days younger than Gauff at that time.

After this, Coco Gauff’s confidence is surely on the next level. It is really great for her as it’ll give her the required momentum ahead of the French Open 2021. Will Gauff be able to stun everyone and succeed in Paris this year?

Also Read: OUT OF THE WORLD! Coco Gauff Steamrolls Over Qiang Wang to Capture Her Second Career Title at WTA Parma 2021

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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