Coco Gauff after her victory over Iga Swiatek in Cincinnati: “Now I know I can beat her”

Coco Gauff after her victory over Iga Swiatek in Cincinnati:

“How good does it feel to end this seven-game losing streak against Iga Swiatek?
It’s really good, yes. I really don’t want to hurt Gaël (Monfils), but I didn’t want a record like his with Novak Djokovic (the Serb leads 19-0 against the Frenchman). I really didn’t want that. So it’s only a victory, but it feels good. It’s not only related to her, it gives me the conviction that I can beat a lot of players if I can beat her. I mean, she’s won four Grand Slams, she’s #1. It shows that I can also evolve at this level. I know that we will still play a lot and that I will not win every time, but I know now that I can do it. I still think I’m not at my full potential yet. I know there are still a lot of things I can improve.

At the start of the season, you made a wish to be a little less defensive and more offensive. Looks like the transition is going well.
Yes, I work a lot in this sector. To be honest, it was hard to play aggressive against her. I felt like all the bullets were coming back. But I told myself that we had to be offensive and not offer her neutral balls because she is too good on these balls. But I think I was even more offensive in my other matches, because against Iga, above all, you have to move well. Faced with her, we all know we’re going to have to run. But as soon as I had a short ball, I knew how to seize the opportunity. I missed a lot, but I also made a lot of winners. I think that’s what made the difference this time. She knew she always had to hit a good ball, otherwise I would take the initiative.

You played a lot at night this week. How was the transition?
I didn’t know how many people would be there at 11 o’clock. I was a little shocked to see that they hadn’t delayed the start of the matches as it usually happens when you reach the semi-finals. But I was delighted to see that the public was there and they helped me a lot in complicated times. You know, Iga fans are behind her all the time. In every tournament, in every country, there are fans with the Polish flag who support her. This time, I believe the American fans made more noise. I often talk about it with the other American players. The American fans are great, but they don’t travel much on the circuit, they don’t show our flag everywhere, it’s not really their thing. So when we are in the country, I find it good that they show up loudly. On this point, I was not disappointed with Cincinnati and the way they stood behind me. »

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