Cori Gauff hopes to play Serena Williams before she retires

Cori Gauff hopes to play Serena Williams before she retires

Cori Gauff hopes to play Serena Williams before she retires

Cori Gauff has many idols, although she is already a tennis icon, but the young American star has never hidden her passion for Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios. During an interview with Match Point Canada, the 17-years-old said that Serena Williams is the one player she’d love to play.

She said: "Definitely Serena Williams. You know, she's been on my bucket list forever to play and she's obviously one of my idols. I got to play Venus twice so Serena, just one time before she heads out. But yeah, that would be a dream match.

Especially at a Grand Slam, that would be pretty cool."

Cori on Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios also

Gauff also talked about her preferred mixed doubles partner would be. She said: "People don't know this, but Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer are literally my dream mixed doubles partners!" Asked about being caught off guard by the Australian's offer, Gauff answered: "I didn't think he'd ask that to be honest but him and Roger have been the people that I've always wanted to play mixed doubles with and, you know, Roger was kind of like I already knew that wasn't going to happen.

So Nick is definitely close up there on the bucket list. I'm hoping that it can happen and hopefully there'll be a crowd there too because that's really what I'm excited about, playing with Nick Kyrgios in Australia for the huge crowd."

Gauff, after the semifinals in Rome and the victory in Parma, became the youngest player to land in the last eight of Roland Garros since 2006, when the Czech Nicole Vaidišová succeeded. In the quarterfinals, the American lost to the Czech Barbora Krejcikova with a score of 6 (6)-7 3-6, not exploiting five set points in the first half.