Four women made the quarterfinals Sunday at the French Open, and three of them had reached this stage before.
Former finalist Sloane Stephens got off to a rocky start but then won 12 straight games to roll past the dangerous Jil Tiechmann 6-2, 6-0.
The win sets up a showdown with Coco Gauff who has a similar win over former Top 10 Elise Mertens. Gauff and Mertens were deadlocked at 4-all in a battle when the 18-year-old pulled away winning the last eight games to take it 6-4, 6-0 and return to the quarterfinals.
“I feel like every match I’m getting better. I think today even though I had some tough moments I was able to tough it out. I really do feel like I’m progressing with each match,” Gauff said.
“I definitely feel confident on the court. I feel like [clay] really suits my game. … The previous tournaments this clay season, I had some good wins but it wasn’t really any outstanding results. I feel like it gave me a lot to learn from, and I think I’m taking those tough matches that I lost this season and really learning from them and I guess showing that I’m doing better.”
Stephens beat Gauff last year at the US Open.
“I think last time I played her I was super nervous going into the match. Not because it was Sloane. Just because we were on Ashe and it was all-American matchup. I think a lot of people expected a lot from me in that match,” Gauff said.
“Just going to approach it like any other match. I have to go back and watch that match and see what I can learn from it.”
Italian 28-year-old Martina Trevisan made it back to the quarters getting past Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(10), 7-5. Trevisan, who made the 2020 quarters, has won her last nine matches after taking the Rabat title last weekend.
“Last year was very difficult for me,” said Trevisan. “But I collected a lot of experience, positive and negative experience, and at the beginning of this year I was dreaming this moment. Because in myself, in my head, I see again this moment. I thought to myself, yes, Martina, you can do again. I will like to live again this emotion. I mean, I’m here, so I’m really happy.”
In the first all-lefty quarterfinal in decades, Trevisan will face Leylah Fernandez who reached her first French final eight after getting past former semifinalist Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
“Every time I step out on the court I still have something to prove. I still have that mindset I’m the underdog. I’m still young, I still have a lot to show to the people, to the public so that they can just enjoy the tennis match. That’s ultimately my goal, and that’s why I want to do well in matches.”
Tomorrow, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek puts her 31-match win streak on the line against 19-year-old Qinwen Zheng of China.
Madison Keys seeks another French quarterfinal against the dangerous Veronika Kudermetova.
Jessica Pegula will be the big favorite against Irina Camila Begu and Daria Kasatkina clashes with Camila Giorgi.
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