Teenager Coco Gauff sets sights on Paris after success on Italian clay

American Coco Gauff is brimming with confidence ahead of the French Open, buoyed by sturdy results in Italy on clay before now two weeks which have helped the 17-year-old climb 10 areas to a career-best twenty fifth inside the rankings.

Gauff has already made the fourth rounds of the Australian Open and the Wimbledon in her nascent profession and this week she shall be seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time in her profession when the clay courtroom docket principal begins on Sunday.

This month the American reached her first WTA 1000 semi-final in Rome and adopted it up collectively together with her maiden title on clay the week after in Parma.

“I really feel actually good about going into the French,” Gauff instructed reporters after her second profession WTA title. “I hope I can proceed to construct and preserve getting higher.

“I actually really feel like I’m hitting good, transferring good, my physique feels good, my mentality and emotionally I actually really feel good. So I really feel it’s going to be an important match for me.”

On the French Open, Gauff would be the youngest seed at a significant in 15 years since Nicole Vaidisova was seeded on the Wimbledon Championships in 2006.

The American additionally received the doubles title with Caty McNally on Parma’s clay courts to turn out to be the youngest participant to finish the sweep in almost 17 years since Maria Sharapova received each titles in Birmingham in 2004.

“It’s not a ground that people affiliate me with, so it feels good,” added Gauff, the 2018 junior Roland Garros winner. “I identical to the filth now. I always talk about how I don’t want it, nevertheless I want it now.

“Clay reveals you somewhat further love than the opposite surfaces do. It’s simply going residence, having a shower, and I’ve clay popping out of me from all totally different locations, or clay nonetheless in my garments from weeks later.”

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; enhancing by Christian Schmollinger)

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