Gauff. 'I was just lost': Coco Gauff says rapid rise and hype led to depression

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Now he has a season-long collection of jerseys and can retire in style. The 15-year-old, who was the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw and beat five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, lost 6-3, 6-3 to the former world No. In doubles, Gauff and McNally also won two matches, including an upset over ninth seeds and. When you are in that dark mindset you don't look on the bright side of things too often, which is the hardest part. After defeating Venus at Wimbledon in 2019, Coco commended Venus when they shook hands at the net.

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I think if I keep that up, I'll keep doing well. Coco, 16, wrote about her personal struggles in a post. She also won a junior Grand Slam doubles title at the , this time partnering with McNally. That was the toughest year for me so far. I always had the results, so that wasn't the issue. In doubles, Gauff and McNally recorded their best result in a Grand Slam to date, reaching the Quarterfinals before falling to 2nd seeds and eventual champions, and 6—2, 6—4.

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At her next event, Gauff made her junior debut at the and again finished runner-up, losing to. Gauff played in one tournament at the , where she qualified for the main draw but lost in the first round. But she was even prouder of the way she battled in the third round, when she saved two match points and came from a set and 5-2 down to beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia. Gauff had quick success as a junior, earning a sponsorship to train at 's academy in France. At the , Gauff was awarded wild cards into the singles and doubles main draws. Playing doubles with Gauff reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions and. The hype surrounding her first round match win helped lead to her third round match being scheduled on.

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For about a year I was really depressed. The tournament will feature many of the sport's rising stars, but which squad will take home the championship? But these past two weeks have been amazing. Gauff, whose Wimbledon run caught the attention of the likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama, said she had enjoyed every minute of her first Grand Slam event. Most of my friends go to a normal high school. I was just really telling her thank you.

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But Halep, the 2018 French Open champion and a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2014, had the better shots. Gauff would later reach the third round of the , and the fourth round of the. Watch the video above for more about one of the tournament's early breakout stars. When she looks at you and tells you she will be number one, you can only believe it. Bleacher Report is the go-to destination for armchair quarterbacks everywhere.

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I learned a lot and I'm really thankful for this experience. I came out of it stronger and knowing myself better than ever. I realized I needed to start playing for myself and not other people. They initially lived with her mother's parents before getting their own house. Her father played college basketball at and later worked as a health care executive, while her mother was a track and field athlete at and worked as an educator. She received a wild card into the qualifying draw at the where she became the youngest player in the tournament's history to qualify for the main draw. She chose to focus on tennis, having been inspired to play by the and because of her preference to compete in an individual sport.

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After Gauff won her singles rubber and Noel lost hers, Gauff and Noel won the Junior Fed Cup by defeating Lyubov Kostenko and Dasha Lopatetskaya in the decisive doubles rubber that ended 11—9 in a match tiebreak. A month later following another final win against McNally at the Grade 1 Junior International Roehampton, she also became the No. While in Florida, she worked with Gerard Loglo at the New Generation Tennis Academy for a few years starting from the age of eight. She continued her Grand Slam success in singles with two three-set wins over and , both on the show court. She did not drop a set until the final, where she came from behind to defeat compatriot in three sets. Even though I had, it felt like there weren't many friends there for me.

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