“Compared to Serena and Venus Williams because you are black” – Coco Gauff reacts to controversial question

This was Coco Gauff reply to a controversial question in Paris

Coco Gauff Serena Williams

Cori Gauff is one of the most important players right now. The seventeen-year-old has just won the tournament in Parma soon after reaching the semi-final in Rome. It seems that it is time to shine for Coco at the French Open, where she has the opportunity to have a deep run.

During the press conference that precedes the tournament, there was a remark from a journalist saying that Coco is often compared to Serena and Venus Williams because she is black. This was the question:

“You are often compared to the Williams sisters. Maybe it’s because you’re black. But I guess it’s because you’re talented and maybe American too. We could have a final between you and Serena. Is it something you hope for? I mean, 22 years separate you girls.”

Coco gave a very good reply to say:

Playing Serena in the final would be great (smiling). That’s the dream that I have always dreamed about, playing her in a final.

But, yeah, I mean, people compare me to them a lot, and I think it’s a compliment, but for me I just focus on being myself because I’m never going to be Serena Williams and Serena will never be me because we are two different people.

We have two different brains. I understand why people compare us, but I think it’s just important that I want to be known as Coco. I don’t want to be known as Serena Williams’ heir, or Serena Williams’ next thing. I just want to be known as Coco Gauff.”

Coco Gauff will start her run In Paris against the world no. 212 Aleksandra Krunic.

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Cori Gauff in 2021

Cori Gauff Stats info

Currently the world no.25 (career-high), Gauff played her last match on the 22nd of May when she beat world no.39 Qiang Wang 6-1 6-3 in the final in Parma to win her 2nd career title.

This season the American has achieved a 23-9 win-loss record. The American has won 1 title in Parma.

Gauff's Record


Venus Williams in 2021

Venus Williams Stats info

Now ranked no.104, the American played her last match on the 24th of May when she was defeated by world no.61 Sorana Cirstea 6-1 2-6 6-1 in the 1st round in Strasbourg (draw).

This season the American has a composed 2-6 win-loss record.

Venus Williams
Venus Williams's Record

Cori Gauff and Venus Williams faced off only on 2 occasions. Their actual head to head record is 2-0 for Gauff. The last time they played, Cori Gauff won 7-6(5) 6-3 in the 1st round in Melbourne (Australian Open) in January 2020.

In the following video you can watch the key moments of their match.

Serena Williams in 2021

Serena Williams Stats info

At the moment ranked no.8, Serena played her last match on the 18th of May when she lost to world no.68 Katerina Siniakova 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 2nd round in Parma (draw).

Presently, during this year Serena Williams has a 9-3 match record. Serena Williams’s most significant result of the year was reaching the semifinal in Melbourne and at the Australian Open.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams's Record