The mechanics on her serve + groundstrokes looked weird today. Wonder when they'll fix that.
She reminds me a lot of Vaidisova. Huge physical presence, lots of natural power and decent touch, a few hitches that could prove troublesome later.
This isn't the first time I've seen her hit a relatively large number of double faults, either.
Meh. If she's good enough, and has the right support network to manage it all, she'll be OK. She's not the first youngster with a lot of expectations, and won't be the last. Some make it through, and others don't. Time will tell.
It's the support network that's most concerning, really. She and her team have been telling the press she wants to be the GOAT and that she feels the AER is holding her back, and that's worrisome, especially given how the US media loves to over-hype its youngsters.
And ever since Vaidisova's generation, the super-young prodigies and the first to break through from their age group have burned out to a really large degree: Vaidisova, Karatantcheva, Golovin, Paszek, Larcher de Brito, Robson. Barty saved herself with a two-year retirement, Bellis has been out of action for a year. I'm concerned about any support team around a player as young as Gauff who looks at a decade of burnouts and still opts to talk a huge game rather than develop quietly and under the radar.