U.S. Open: Coco Gauff Plays Confidently

On Thursday, Coco Gauff saw a photo memory from five years ago. It had the caption “courtside seats” at Arthur Ashe Stadium as she had watched one of her idols, Venus Williams, play.

“I was trying to flex to my friends that I had courtside seats, and now I’m on the court,” Gauff said while laughing in a post-match interview.

A day after that 5-year anniversary, Gauff handily defeated Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-3, and warmed up the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the second time this week for her other idol, Williams.

“I just told myself I’m going to go down swinging,” Gauff said. “The last time, I think I got a little bit passive, so she just overpowered me, and today I was like, I’m not going to let that happen.”

Serena Williams & Gauff are in the bottom half of the single’s draw. Gauff has been watching Williams’s matches closely,

not only because she is one of Gauff’s favorite players and biggest inspirations, but also because she is hoping to face her.

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine,” Gauff said.