Three new players made their first Grand Slam quarterfinal in the women’s draw on Monday at the French Open. However, defending champion Iga Swiatek continues to be the overwhelming favorite.
The 20-year-old won her 11th straight match at the French Open dismissing Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-3. Swiatek found her self down a break early, but rallied back, saved more break points to win a tough first set.
She opened with a break early in the second however the 18-year-old Kostyuk, who was playing her first Slam fourth round, would battle back. Swiatek proved too tough in the end to reach her second career Grand Slam quarterfinal.
“Her defence was crazy so I had to finish her a few times,” Swiatek said. “I’m not Rafa, but my approaches are also pretty hard and she was getting everything. Big credit to her, the future is hers. I hope we play a lot of matches together.”
Swiatek has now won her last 16 sets and 22 straight sets at the French. She’ll now meet Maria Sakkari who became the first Greek woman to ever make a Slam quarterfinal after cruising past former finalist Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3.
“I knew it was going to come,” Sakkari said. “I didn’t know when. But I think that I’ve been playing very good tennis, especially this year, and I don’t see why [I can’t go] further, as well.
“I’m actually enjoying myself,” she added. “That’s the most important thing. I enjoy my time on court and I’m actually not torturing myself when I’m on court.”
Earlier, Coco Gauff continued her best clay run. The 17-year-old won her 9th straight match on clay hammering Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1. The Tunisian beat Gauff in Charleston, but was no match for the powerful teen today.
Gauff becomes the youngest American woman to reach a Slam quarterfinal since Venus Williams at the 1997 US Open.
“It means a lot to me,” Gauff said. “I have lost in the fourth round a couple times so it feels good to get over that hurdle. Today I played probably my best match so far in the tournament.
“I feel like all my matches have been,I don’t know how to say it, but straightforward wins, like no crazy three sets and stuff…As we know, I have had a lot of those in the past.
“I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I have played at this level. Hopefully I can keep that going. ”
On Wednesday for Gauff, it will be another recent winner Barbora Krejcikova. The 25-year-old won her 9th straight match crushing former finalist Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0.
“Obviously been having a great clay season, and she’s a tough opponent,” Gauff said of the Czech. “I think that she’s a really smart player and she’s been on tour for some time.
“She can play all parts of the court. She does well in singles and doubles and mixed doubles. I’m just going to go out there and just focus on playing my game and not so much about her.”
Tomorrow, two new Grand Slam semifinalists will be named as Anastasia Pavlyuchenko battles her doubles partner Elena Rybakina and the hot-handed Spaniard Paula Badosa faces Tamara Zidansek.
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