Cori Gauff on how Serena Williams, Venus Williams inspired her tennis career
Cori Gauff is hoping to emulate the Williams sisters and be a great role model and inspiration for kids around the world. On Tursday, Gauff, 18, suffered a US Open quarterfinal defeat to Caroline Garcia. Gauff was hoping to clinch her first Grand Slam title at this year's US Open, but she will have to wait for another opportunity to become a Major champion. After exiting the US Open, Gauff opened about how Serena and Venus Williams inspired her to pursue a tennis career. "For me, for any kid, but especially ones that look like me, I think for the most part, just continue to do what you want to do, no matter what people say," she said. "I think for me, the Williams sisters definitely inspired me to play tennis because I saw someone like me playing in a sport with not a lot of people looking like me. I hope I can be that for other kids. Yeah, that's all I can say really. Just continue to be our authentic selves. Don't try to feed into any stereotypes, just be you." Gauff on losing to Garcia Gauff barely stood a chance versus Garcia as the Frenchwoman claimed a 6-3 6-4 win. Garcia got off to a strong start to the match, breaking Gauff twice to win the first set. After winning the first set, Garcia broke Gauff in the very first game of the second set. Garcia then held on to her serve the rest of the match to complete a two-set win. "For me today, her level was great," Gauff reflected. "I knew it was going to be great coming in. I feel I didn't play at the level I needed to [in order] to come out with the win today. Overall, I'm super proud of myself at this tournament, but I'm hungry for more. So maybe next year."