Serena Williams’ US Open match against Ajla Tomljanović


Coco Gauff reacts to winning a women’s singles match on Friday. (Garrett Ellwood/USTA/AP)

American Coco Gauff, who reached the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time in her career, hopes to face Serena Williams in this tournament.

“It’s so special,” Gauff, 18, said on the court after beating fellow American Madison Keys 6-2, 6-3.

“She is playing well. I know she’s on my side of the draw. But I don’t know when – I don’t want to know when – if I should face him, but that’s the point. So hopefully we can both keep winning and it can happen because it’s a dream of my life to do so,” she said.

If Williams and Gauff continue to win, they will meet in the semifinals.

Gauff was asked moments ago at her post-match press conference if she would be watching the rest of Williams’ game on Friday night.

“I don’t know if I’ll watch because it’s been a few days,” Gauff said. “I’ll watch it on TV, I don’t know if it’s live. It’s loud in there. I don’t think people realize how loud it is.”

“I don’t think this will be the last time we see Serena,” she added.

Gauff’s best result in a Grand Slam singles event came earlier this year when she reached the French Open final.


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