Coco Gauff continued her ascent up the tennis ladder Tuesday with an emphatic 7-5, 6-2 over Sloane Stephens to make her first Slam semifinal at the French Open.
Gauff had lost to Stephens at the US Open, but today turned the tables early going up a break. Stephens, a former French finalist, got back to level but with her speed and shotmaking, Gauff pulled away for good.
“It’s important that you have high hopes for yourself, but also, at the same time, it’s important to be in reality and I think that’s where I am,” Gauff said. “I’m in reality where I’m enjoying the moment and enjoying the situation.”
The 18-year-old Gauff becomes the youngest American to make a Slam semifinal since Amanda Anismova who was 17 when she reached the 2019 final four.
Gauff will face Martin Trevisan in the semifinals. The Italian did one better then her 2020 quarterfinal run getting past US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez in three sets 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3.
In this all-lefty battle, Tresivan was up early and cruising to a match point in the second after leading 6-1, 5-1. With Fernandez ailing with a foot issue, it looked over but the Canadian fought back and grabbed the second.
Trevisan got up early again the and third and this time it was for good.
“I looked around me and I was in the most important court in the world. Even I felt a lot of tension and I was so nervous because even my arms felt it, I was happy anyway,” Trevisan said about going three sets.
“I accepted the situation, because, as I say, it was normal to feel the tension because I was playing for my semifinal, and I was in the match point. So I accepted the situation and I tried to be focused on every point. That was, I think, the most important things that I did today.”
Trevisan and Gauff already played before and it was Trevisan winning at the French Open in 2020.
“I remember that match pretty clearly,” Gauff said. “I think I was in double digits with double faults. I’m not going to do that this time around. And also, she’s a tricky player to play on clay, a tricky lefty. … I think we’re both playing free tennis, and I think that’s going to be a good matchup.”
Trevisan has won her last 10 matches dating back to the Rabat title last weekend.
Tomorrow, Iga Swiatek returns looking to push her win streak to 33 against the very steady, very difficuly Jessica Pegula who seeks her first Slam semifinal.
A Russian will make their first Slam semifinal as Daria Kasatkina collides with Veronika Kudermetova.
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