The American grew to become a family title because of her heroics at Wimbledon this yr the place she grew to become the youngest participant to win a singles match since 1991 after defeating idol Venus Williams.
Regardless of shedding out to eventual champion Simona Halep, Li believes the long run will be shiny for having been impressed together with her mentality and ball putting potential.
Nonetheless, the newly inducted Corridor of Famer cautions Gauff wants time to develop each as an individual and a participant.
“She likes tennis however on the similar time she needs to be in class. So, you must discover the steadiness.”
Gauff is prone to be invited to the primary draw of the upcoming US Open however, regardless of the massive house help which is able to undoubtedly greet the teen, Li says it might take time earlier than we see one of the best of the precocious expertise.
“I feel she is wonderful,” added Li, predicting Gauff may win a grand slam in three to 4 years “if she’s robust sufficient and hungry in regards to the title.”
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The 21-year-old has loved an unimaginable 12 months, successful the US Open in 2018 earlier than backing it up with victory on the Australian Open in January.
“She’s somewhat bit like Serena [Williams],” mentioned Li. “You’ll be able to see she’s nonetheless younger, however I actually like the best way she’s on the court docket poker-faced. She simply fights.”
Osaka was dumped out within the first spherical of Wimbledon and has fallen to second on the planet however might be again enjoying on her favored laborious courts within the subsequent two grand slams.
“When she is primary on the planet, she’s bought strain,” added the 2014 Australian Open champion. “However I nonetheless imagine she might be again quickly.”
Surprise mother Serena
Ought to each Gauff and Osaka want a job mannequin to assist information them by the beginning of their careers, then they want look no additional than Serena Williams.
The 37-year-old reached her 11th Wimbledon singles last this yr as she continues her return to the sport following childbirth and a battle with damage.
Regardless of falling simply wanting a file equaling 24th grand slam title, after shedding to Halep on this yr’s Wimbledon last, Li believes the American has an enormous probability to succeed on the US Open later this yr.
Along with turning into probably the most dominant participant of her era, Li can also be astonished by her former opponent’s potential to steadiness her skilled profession with being a mother.
“Typically after I was watching her play on the court docket, I’d take into consideration how she may discover the steadiness between household and tennis,” she mentioned, eager to spend each minute together with her personal kids.
‘Do not surrender’
Similar to Williams, Li hopes she will be able to turn out to be a job mannequin for the subsequent era of tennis gamers and intends to setup a tennis academy sooner or later.
She additionally needs to proceed the event of the game in China and hopes her a number of tv appearances and new autobiographical movie can proceed to lift its recognition.
“After I would decide up the racket, I simply stored going,” Li mentioned, in a message to younger gamers all over the world.
“Do not surrender and sooner or later, for certain, your desires will come true. Consider in your self, you are a lot stronger than you thought.”