Tennis prodigy Coco Gauff revealed her love for Chick-fil-A and says she removed her poster of potential opponent Serena Williams from her bedroom ahead of an emotional rematch with Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

Coco Gauff says she is looking forward to going to fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A once she returns from her first Australian Open, where the 15-year-old faces an emotional meeting with familiar foe Naomi Osaka in the third round.

Gauff claims she did not know why fans were cheering for her as she moved closer to a potential clash with her idol Serena Williams, whose poster she has removed from her bedroom wall.

The American received rapturous backing as she recovered from the brink of defeat to beat Sorana Cirstea in three sets on Wednesday, before handing out souvenirs to a group of fans at Melbourne Arena.

“Honestly, I didn’t think I would get so much support in Australia,” the world number 75 said.

“It’s really emotional just because I never thought this would happen – like, how many people are supporting me? I think they kind of like me so I hope I can keep that going.

“I didn’t get their names but I did give them wristbands and towels and everything. They were really nice and cheering really loudly.

“The same thing happened at the US Open and Wimbledon. The crowd can really change a match.”

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Gauff said her agent, Alessandro Barel Di Sant Albano, was trying to provide the fans with Call me Coco T-shirts created for her by New Balance.

She is finding the different direction of traffic in Australia tricky, though she is eager to earn her full driving license when she returns to the US.

“I’m going to be going to Chick-fil-A every day without my parents,” she said, adding that her two brothers “get mad when I drive slow.”

“I’m driving at the speed limit but that’s slow for them. Here, I have to remind myself when I cross the street to look both ways because I don’t want to get hit by a car. I definitely don’t want that to happen.” (RT)