Coco Gauff Sets New Goals After Grand Slam Win

Coco Gauff, the reigning Grand Slam champion, is setting new goals for her career and aiming for a career tally in double digits. She also has her sights set on winning an Olympic medal in Paris this year. Gauff, who is entering the Australian Open as the No. 4 seed, feels liberated after fulfilling the expectations of winning a major as a teenager. She believes she can now play with more freedom and is ready to pursue a second major title.


A New Mindset

After experiencing a shocking first-round exit at Wimbledon, Gauff had a shift in mindset. She realized that losing isn't the end of the world and that she should focus on enjoying the process. This change in perspective allowed her to play freer and trust herself more on the court.

"I think I put too much pressure on winning a Slam. I think I was feeling like I have to do it," Gauff said. "When I went on the scene at 15, I felt like I had to win a Slam as a teenager because that’s what everybody thought."

Gauff's win at the U.S. Open last year helped her take pause and appreciate the journey. She no longer feels the same pressure to win and is ready to embrace the challenge of pursuing another major title.

Australian Open Prospects

Gauff's first-round match at the Australian Open is against Anna Karolina Schmeiedlova. Schmeiedlova is a 29-year-old player who has only made it past the third round once in 35 majors. Gauff is in the same quarter of the draw as former Australian Open champions Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki.

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka is also in Gauff's half of the draw and could be a potential semifinal rival. Gauff has had success in the tune-up tournaments, successfully defending her title in Auckland.

With a new mindset and a strong performance in the lead-up tournaments, Gauff is ready to take on the Australian Open as a top seed and prove herself once again on the Grand Slam stage.

Djokovic's Dominance and New Rivalries

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic is the dominant force at the Australian Open. He has won the tournament 11 times and is currently on a 28-match winning streak. With rivals such as Rafael Nadal withdrawing from the tournament, Djokovic is establishing new rivalries with younger players like Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.

Sinner, in particular, has beaten Djokovic twice in the past season and could potentially meet him in the semifinals if they both progress through the tournament. Djokovic remains focused on staying in the present moment and is ready to defend his title.

The Australian Open promises to be an exciting tournament with top players like Gauff and Djokovic ready to showcase their skills and compete for another Grand Slam title.