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Serena Williams is a great story. Coco Gauff still needs to learn a lot. BORIS BECKER

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Coco Gauff and Serena Williams

Boris Becker said that although Gauff has plenty of promise, she still has a lot to learn in the game.

Last season, Coco Gauff became a household name after she had some spectacular performances. The 15-year-old shocked the world when she defeated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon. She became the youngest player to make it to the main draw of the competition. Gauff advanced to the fourth round where she was defeated by Simona Halep. The American teenager would go on to win her first WTA title at the Linz Open in October. Her performances have seen many pundits tip her to win a Grand Slam title in the near future. Many expect her to dominate the game like Serena Williams. However, one former player has urged fans to go slow on the hype surrounding the 15-year-old.

Serena Williams

Gauff still has a lot to learn to be better
In a recent interview, former world number one Boris Becker said that although Gauff has plenty of promise, she still has a lot to learn in the game. The former German player won his first Grand Slam title at 17 years of age. He went on to win five more Grand Slams in his career. As a player who achieved success at a young age, Boris feels that Gauff could end up feeling pressured by people’s expectations. “People talk a lot about Coco Gauff and I think it’s a mistake because she is still very young. She still has to learn a lot to be better.” Boris also cautioned that the women’s game has a lot of young players which has made it very competitive. He highlighted Sofia Kenin’s recent victory at the Australian Open saying that, last year, everyone tipped Naomi Osaka to dominate after she won in Australia but the Japanese player has struggled to maintain her place at the top.

Serena Williams arm

Serena’s pursuit of a 24th Grand Slam is a great story

Boris feels that fans and the media look for good stories when evaluating players instead of focusing on the player’s performance. The six-time Grand Slam champion said that the tennis world should be more attentive to the player’s consistency and performance over time. He said that Serena Williams was a good example and her pursuit of a 24th Grand Slam title was a good story for the media. “Serena coming back after becoming a mother is a big story. She did reach a couple of Grand Slam finals so she is one match away from a 24th major.”

Cori Gauff’s ranking and performance in 2020

At the moment ranked no.51 (career-high), Gauff played her last match on the 26th of January when she lost to Sofia Kenin 6-75 6-3 6-0 in the 4th round of the Australian Open.

Serena Williams’s ranking and performance in 2020

Currently the world no.9, Serena played her last match on the 8th of February when she was overcome by Anastasija Sevastova 7-65 3-6 7-64 in the Rubber 4 in Fed Cup.

At the moment, this season the American has a 8-2 win-loss record. Serena Williams conquered 1 title in Auckland.

Cori Gauff and Serena Williams have never played each other.

Coco Gauff looked at Serena Williams


Serena Williams’ Unprecedented Streak as World Number One

Serena Williams

The invincible tennis icon of the 21st century, Serena Williams has created an unprecedented legacy in the women’s game. And for the years to come, no one in the women’s game seems to be in the vicinity of her accomplishments. One of her unbreakable records is 186 consecutive weeks stay on the summit of the WTA’s number one spot. She shares the spot with the German Steffi Graff.

Going back in time, in the year 2002, Serena dethroned elder her sister Venus at Wimbledon Championships and earned the World Number one spot for the very first time in her career. That season Serena also conquered her first ‘Serena Slam.’

As an interesting fact, she was the first African-American woman to be ranked on WTA’s top. Until today, amongst the African-American community of tennis players, only Serena and Venus could reach the WTA apex.

Beginning of Serena Williams’ 186 consecutive weeks streak

Serena’s 186 consecutive weeks streak began after defeating Petra Kvitova at the quarterfinals of Doha Open 2013. Williams returned to the top for the sixth time in her career and became the oldest woman to hold it.

After losing in the Doha finals, Williams extended her match-winning streak to 34. She won titles in Miami and Charleston. And during the clay season, she captured the titles in Madrid and Rome. In Madrid finals, Wiliams played the second seed, Maria Sharapova.

During that match, Serena’s loss to Maria would have taken away the World Number one spot from her but she prevailed over the Russian. They again played each other in the French Open 2013 finals and Williams was triumphant.

Maria Sharapova and Serena WIlliams

After losing the match in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2013 to Sabine Lisicki, Serena just lost to Victoria Azarenka in the finals of Cincinnati.

The American ace won titles in Sweden, Canada, and China to stay firm on the top. Her US Open and WTA Finals 2013 wins consequently made her irreplaceable from the top spot.

Year-End World Number one for the fourth time
In 2014 Serena Williams began her season with a title in Brisbane. She won titles in Miami and Rome, but she did not with Grand Slams deteriorated until the first half of the season.

Nevertheless, after being triumphant during the American hard-court summer with titles in Cincinnati and later capturing the US Open, Williams remained on the WTA’s summit. Later, with her win over Simona Halep in the World Finals 2015, Williams concluded the year as the World Number one player for the fourth time.

Serena Williams

Going into the year 2015, it was a big season for Serena Williams. She entered the season with a Grand Slam winning streak and she extended it to 33. She won the Aussie Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon and completed her ‘Serena Slam 2.0’.

After losing to Roberta Vinci in the US Open semifinals, Serena concluded her season 2015 with the Yea-End World Number one sash.

When Serena surpassed Chris Evert’s record
That season, in the month of October Williams, surpassed Chris Evert for third-most weeks ranked as the World Number one. Also, she became the first player since Steffi Graf in 1990 to hold the top ranking for two consecutive years.

In 2016, Williams lost Australian Open and French Open finals but was victorious in Wimbledon. Her grass-court major win tied the Open Era major record with Steffi Graf since it was her 22nd Grand Slam title.

When was the streak snapped?

During the US Open, she was defeated by Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals. But that week, Williams tied Steffi Graf for the longest consecutive weeks as World Number one at 186 weeks.

Serena Williams Us open

With Angelique Kerber winning her second Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, she knocked out Serena from the top-spot and turned World Number one for the very first time in her career.

Collectively, Williams has been ranked World Number one for 319 weeks. It’s the third-highest sum in the Open Era of tennis.

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