Koko Goff said his defeat to former US Open champion Sullivan Stephens on Wednesday highlighted his game’s shortcomings, but the 17-year-old is confident she will one day win the Grand Slam title.
The American became an overnight sensation when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2019 as a qualifier and has reached the 23rd consecutive ranking.
However, she had no matches in the first meeting of her career for 2017 champion Stephens, losing 6-4 6-2 to the 28-year-old in the second round.
“The goal is always to win, so obviously I think I can do a lot better,” Goff said.
“I think today’s match showed what I need to improve.
“Singles war, I think I have a lot of work to do
Goff said reaching the first quarter-finals of the French Open was significant for him in 2021, during which time he also played in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
“I think I’ve learned that I have the potential to take it a long way in Salem,” said Goff, who won his first WTA clearer title at Perma this year. “I think if I tighten things up, I’m going to win one.
“In the last two slams I have lost to players who have gone to the quarterfinals or finally won, it shows that I am there.
“I think I just lack one experience. I definitely think it shows. I think I just need to play more matches so that I can feel more comfortable in stressful moments. “