17 February 2020

Coco Gauff says she is 'close' to winning a Grand Slam title after historic win over Estela Perez-Somarriba at Delray Beach Open

Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff believes she is 'close' to winning a Grand Slam title after she beat Estela Perez-Somarriba in the first women's match at the Delray Beach Open. 

The 15 year-old beat the national singles champion from Miami University 6-3 6-3 on Saturday night in front of five thousand fans in her hometown.

Afterwards Gauff said: "I was actually a little bit nervous today because of the crowd. You don’t want to let your home town down. I’ve played a couple exhibitions but this one definitely felt a lot different from my previous ones.

"It was something I was happy to do. It feels great to play in front of my family and friends who haven’t got to see me play live (professionally). It was good to give them a chance to see me play. 

"I mean today was definitely a more relaxed situation than I’m used to...It was pretty vocal for both of us. Both of us had fun and her team was here, so that was pretty cool. I’ve been a UM fan for a long time so when I found out I was going to play her it was pretty cool."

Gauff has started her 2020 season successfully after she reached the fourth round in the Australian Open last month and is currently ranked world No 51. 

And getting her hands on that first Grand Slam title is something she admits is in her sights.

"I’m definitely close and it’s just getting over that final hurdle (to win a grand slam)," she added.

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