NEW YORK (AP) — Now that Coco Gauff is a Grand Slam champion, she's ready for stardom.
"100%," she said, without a hint of hesitation. "That was the dream since I started this sport."
She's also eager.
"I know that this feeling is incredible and I want to experience it again," the 19-year-old from Florida said in an interview with The Associated Press at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night, a few hours after she defeated Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the US Open final. "So I guess what's next is trying to keep going even further."
And what, in her mind, would that entail?
"To keep winning more of these," she said with a laugh. "That would be the biggest goal. I'm not going to put a number (on) how many I want to win. But as many as I can."
Anyone who would doubt Gauff clearly has not been paying attention. To the way she plays, to the way she can think her way through a match, to the way she handles herself the rest of the time.
It's not easy to be in the spotlight from 15, her age when the transformation began from someone people in tennis knew about to someone the world knew about, thanks to a win over Venus Williams and a run to the fourth round at Wimbledon in her 2019 Grand Slam debut.
Maybe that fame, and accompanying expectations, will help navigate what's to come.
She thinks so.