Gauff on the highest and stabilized serve
By Richard Pagliaro | Monday 7 June 2021
Coco Gauff is fluent in all surfaces – and makes her big breakthrough on her most unpopular surface.
In her seventh big main draw appearance, the 17-year-old Gauff swept Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1 to reach their first Grand Slam quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
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The 2018 Roland Garros champion rides a career best, nine games on clay court, to fight former number 1 in doubles, Barbora Krejcikova, in the quarter-finals of the French Open, the 2018 finalist Sloane Stephens for her first appearance in the major- Defeated the individual quarterfinals.
Although Gauff holds a 17-3 clay court record and has won 12 of her last 13 games on clay, the Delray Beach-born teen admits that sand is her least loved flooring.
Because Gauff doesn't like to get dirty.
"I have a feeling that hard will always be my favorite because I'm just used to it and started with it. So I would say that's No. 1 (surface)," said Gauff. "Between sand and grass, I don't know. I've got good results on both …" I think I'll run with grass second and sand last.
"The only reason I say grass second is because I haven't played on grass in two years since Wimbledon 2019, so I don't know. But I think just because grass has a special place in mine Has hearts, and, you know, that's probably the first time you've all heard of my name, so I guess grass.
“The only thing I don't like about clay, it's only when you fall, you just get dirty and I don't like that. But yeah I think I'll go hard, 1; 2, grass; 3, sound. "
One reason Gauff, who has made it to round four at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, is enjoying a clay court crack is because she has stabilized her second serve. Gauff arrived fresh in Paris, won single and double titles in Parma and led the WTA tour with double errors.
After eight double errors in her 7: 6 (11), 6: 4 opening win against qualifier Aleksandra Krunic, Gauff has only made six double errors in her last three wins. In her best performance of the tournament, Gauff served 66 percent, won 22 of 27 first serve points, hit no double fault, and faced no breakpoint when she scored a 53-minute win over Jabeur.
So what's the difference in serve?
Gauff says she practices her second serve every day, uses a three-point plan before every second serve, and is positive: "If it goes in, it goes in; if not, we try again."
"I've just been doing a lot of reps, especially since Madrid. I think I've had a lot of double faults in this game and I just served almost every day every day," said Gauff. "Don't really focus on speed. I just feel confident because the problem was my confidence on serve, how I would play in practice, serve 50 seconds in a row, and then I get to the game and get nervous . " .
"Now I don't feel so nervous when I serve. I feel like I focus on the three most important things and then it just happens. If it goes in, it goes in, if not, we try it again. "
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