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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday October 22, 2020

The 2020 season has ended on a sour note for Coco Gauff, but the 16-year-old American has a lot of positives to take from a trying season and, most important, plenty to work on.

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After her 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(2) loss to Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday in Ostrava, Gauff said that she’s looking forward to patching up some of the holes in her game ahead of 2021.

"This year was definitely crazy, no one expected this to happen, but I think the biggest thing I took is what I know what I need to improve on,” Gauff told reporters in a virtual press conference. “I feel like 2019, like, I feel like that year I didn't really know what to improve on, I was doing well and like I was just getting by matches just because I was like new to the scene and a lot of players didn't really know how I played, I feel like now most people know how I play so I know what to work on and I know where the holes are in my game."

Gauff, who squandered a 5-2 lead to Sabalenka in the third set on Thursday, admitted that she needs to handle the pressure moments in tense matches better.

“I feel like I just need to be smarter," she said. "Sometimes I have tendencies when I get to the end I try to rush out of the points when instead I should just put the ball in the court and make my opponent play."

Gauff finishes the season with a 10-8 record overall. The American finishes with a 3-3 record against the Top 20 and only lost two matches to players ranked outside of the Top 50.

The American says she plans to head over to Australia in mid-December, and plans to play one or two events before the Australian Open in 2021.


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