“It was a tough match. I had leads, lost it, and serving for it. It was a lot of emotional challenges in the match. But I think I did a good job of staying focused. I'm just really proud of myself today,” said Gauff, who is into her second major final, having placed runner-up at Roland-Garros in 2022.
Currently on an 11-match winning streak – the longest unbeaten run of her career – the world No.6 thanked the Arthur Ashe stadium crowd for backing her throughout the match and spoke about how special it was to make the final of her home Grand Slam.
“A lot to celebrate but the job is not done so hopefully you guys can back me on Saturday,” the American said in her on-court interview, later confirming it was a nod to the late Kobe Bryant, who famously said those words after winning a game in an NBA Finals series.
“He's, like, has an incredible mentality. One of the things is when he's up in the NBA Finals when they're up in the count or 3-1, whatever lead they have, he doesn't celebrate. He'd satisfy, give himself a pat on the back but time to move on,” explained Gauff.
“So that's the mentality that I have. I'm trying to enjoy the moment but also knowing I still have more work to do. Yes, the final is an incredible achievement but it's something that I'm not satisfied with yet.”