“Oh, actually the movie 'End Game' when Ironman died, I was crying,” she said, trawling through the memory banks to remember the last time she blubbed. “Every time I think of it, I get teary-eyed because I really liked Ironman.”
Venus, Serena… and Roger
Spoken like a true 15-year-old. The emotion of the moment stayed with her for a while. She tried to tell Venus how much she looked up to her, how she had been inspired by her but the exchange at the net went by in a blur. Venus, who at the age of 39 is long past bothering with talking much to the press, did pause to heap praise on her young conqueror.
“I think the sky's the limit [for her], it really is,” Venus said. “She did everything well today. She put the ball in the court, which was much better than I did. She served well, moved well. It was a great match for her.
“She played so well. Even all the shank balls went in. I actually didn't play well. It was a contrast of both sides.”
Venus and Serena are not the only inspirations for Gauff – she is rather taken with the career of one Roger Federer. Well, you might as well aim for the very top and with those three as your guides, you won’t go far wrong.
“Roger Federer definitely inspired me,” Gauff said. “When I lost first round Australian Open juniors, I talked to him. Gave me kind of a pep talk. The next tournament was Roland-Garros juniors, and I ended up winning it, so I guess it helped.”