Coco Gauff has been in great form in the US Open. She recently upset Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday and won the match 6-0, 6-2 on Tuesday, September 5. This is the first time that Gauff has made it to the semi-finals of the US Open. The American went on to speak about how she found new meaning to her life on the Tennis Court and how she tried to block out all the negativity she faced in recent times.
Gauff did not have the greatest of starts to the season. She was ousted at Wimbledon in the first round itself. Victories in the Citi Open and Cincinnati Open have put her in good stead. Gauff also looks like one of the promising contenders to lift the US Open title. The quarter-finals were played at the flushing meadows.
I am getting paid to do what I love – Coco Gauff
Jelena Ostapenko who had upset top seed Iga Swiatek in the last eight. The 19-year-old stunned Ostapenko and played firey tennis to win the contest in straight sets. Gauff talked about how she is trying to shed away the negativity and use the Tennis Court to find joy and new meaning in her life. The American said that she felt a lot of pressure at the start but she realised she was looking at things from the wrong lens.
“I think it’s just putting my life into perspective. I mean, at first I used to think negative things, like, ‘Why is there so much pressure, why is this so hard, blah, blah, blah.’ I realize in a way it’s pressure, but it’s not.” Gauff said. “I mean, there are people struggling to feed their families, people who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, people who have to pay their bills.That’s real pressure, that’s real hardship, that’s real life,” She added.
Gauff said that she comes from a position of privilege and it is something that she is enjoying paying the bills by doing what she does best. “In a very privileged position, I’m getting paid to do what I love and getting support to do what I love. That’s something that I don’t take for granted,” Gauff further added.