Cincinnati, Ohio — Coco Goff had every reason to shine with confidence as she boarded a plane to New York for the slam final of the year at the 19-year-old US Open. Owned the summer hardcourt season, winning 11 of her 12 matches and arguably the two biggest championships of her career.
Only two players were able to take off the Gauff suit, both in the top 3. Gauff’s doubles duo and American number one Jessica Pegula were the only ones to beat her.
Gauff beats Muchova to win her third championship of the season in Cincinnati.
On Sunday, Gauff broke through to claim her first WTA 1000 title by beating French Open finalist Karolina Muchova in the Western & Southern Open final. The biggest of her career, beating No. 1 Iga Swiatek for the first time in eight attempts.
With that in mind, Goff headed to her home slam as a reliable shortlist favorite for the title. That was a far cry from her first-round loss at Wimbledon last month. That loss sent Goff back to the drawing board, she brought in coach Pere Riba and mentor Brad Gilbert to supplement her squad. She also did a lot of soul searching.
“The last few weeks were just a few adjustments. So it makes me really excited to actually take a break in the season to really get better,” Goff said.
More from Gauff’s Champions Corner interview on the WTA Insider Podcast.
WTA Insider: What was your biggest highlight of the week in Cincinnati?
Goff: In addition to today’s victory It was definitely a victory over Iga. I think that gave me a lot of confidence in myself for today. Especially after the defeat in Montreal. sometimes you win the championship Then you lose and you go back to the old way. I don’t let that loss affect me. It gave me the encouragement to get better.
Jess is incredible. I think that inspires me even more. and honestly Seeing her beat Iga last week gave me hope. ‘Cause I almost beat you And I’ve beaten Jess before, so it gives me hope that maybe this is my time.
I will try to play at this level. and a higher level at the US Open.
WTA Insider: Speaking of Jess, this is the first time the Americans have swept the titles in Canada and Cincinnati.
Goff: I’m just glad we were able to hold it back. The Williams brothers have long led the country. It’s not that Jess and I are the Williams brothers (laughs), but we do one thing they don’t do. And they do things that we probably wouldn’t. but that’s okay
I am very happy that we are both doing well. That’s a great statistic to say that no one has done it before.
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WTA Insider: How helpful is it that you and Jess moved up the ranks together and made the top 10 together?
Goff: It’s really useful. We didn’t talk in consultation. But there are people you can talk to because we are on the same level in singles and doubles.
Apparently out of court We are in spectrum, generation, and everything is different. But I think learning from her and how she dealt with the loss. She will lose and she can come back. I think that’s what I learned the most about her.
I’m sure she was very disappointed when she lost. But just to see that she’s not letting that loss continue next week. It’s what I’ve learned a lot from you. So I’m trying not to let Montreal run this week.
WTA Insider: Over the Years How did you learn how to tackle the big pot at the New York City, Manhattan and US Open?
Goff: Usually I walk around town with my headphones on and look around, you just see so many people passing by in their lives. I realized my time in New York wasn’t as grand as I thought. A lot of New Yorkers care about the US Open, but many don’t even know what it is.
I think that changed my view that that moment didn’t mean as much as I was doing it. That’s how you have to approach it. This is not life or death.
There are many people working every day. Watching people has made me appreciate all aspects of life that are more than just tennis.
WTA Insider: Did you go to a show or go to a concert while you were there?
Goff: One time I went to see Les Miserables and fell asleep (laughs). My mother was very angry with me and not because it was really bad. I’ve never been to a musical. for three hours, three or more I didn’t go right that day. So I will try it again because she loves it so much.
I love the food scene in NYC. And I also love watching New York. I would go to Central Park or Times Square and go to one of the restaurants on the second floor and try to sit by the window. I just love watching my people.
Times Square is my favorite place. Because you think these people don’t exist (laughs). I’m from Delray Beach. So we don’t often have such things happen. You know those memes as ‘This is just everyday life in New York. Can you tell who the tourists’?
i am a tourist Will look and stare because I have never seen half of myself It has never surprised me. i really love new york I can’t be there But I love to visit.
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