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Coco Gauff reacts to winning a women’s singles match on Friday. (Garrett Ellwood/USTA/AP)

American Coco Gauff, who advanced to the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time in her career, is hopeful that she can play Serena Williams in this tournament.

“It’s so special,” 18-year-old Gauff said on the court after defeating fellow American Madison Keys 6-2, 6-3.

“She’s playing well. I know she’s on my side of the draw. But I don’t know when – I don’t want to know when – if I were to face her, but that’s the goal. So hopefully we can both keep winning and that can happen because it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to do that,” she said.

If Williams and Gauff continue winning, they would face each other in the semifinals.

Gauff was asked moments ago in her post-match press conference if she’ll be watching the rest of Williams’ match Friday night.

“I don’t know if I’m going to watch because it’s been a long couple of days,” Gauff said. “I will be watching on TV, I don’t know if live. It’s loud in there. I don’t think people realize how loud it is.”

“I don’t think this will be the last time we see Serena yet,” she added.

Gauff’s best result in a grand slam singles event came earlier this year when she reached the final at the French Open.