Cori Gauff: Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernandez put fire in me to believe I can do same

Cori Gauff, 17, was amazed by what Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez did at the US Open as she now believes she can do the same. 

Raducanu, 18, beat 19-year-old Fernandez in the US Open final to become the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam. 

“It was definitely inspiring for me especially since I’m younger than both of them,” Gauff told the media at Indian Wells, per Tennis Nowt. “I think for me it just shows how much a year makes a difference and what I can hopefully do next year.”

Gauff hailed Raducanu, Fernandez for their impressive run at the US Open

“For me it was great to see two competitors who just love the game,” Gauff said. “They were both not so much in the media big before they started the tournament. Obviousy Leylah had more success on the pro tour just because she played more matches than Emma. But it was great to see how you wouldn’t even see that when watching the matches. You would think that they’d been on the stage for 20 years or 30 years or however long their opponents are playing these tournaments for.

“For me it was great to see that and also it gave me a little bit of fire to believe if they can do it then I can do it too.”

Gauff, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 19 in the world, made her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at this past French Open. 

Gauff is hoping to make a better Grand Slam result in 2022 and potentially win her maiden Major title. 

“The French Open quarterfinal because that really opened my eyes that I can make it far in these Slams,” Gauff said. “And obviously losing to the eventual champion, it was crushing yes, but it raised my confidence more and so I know I’m capable of making the quarterfinals of a Slam and the goal is obviously to win one.”