Coco Gauff is in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros after beating her compatriot Sloane Stephensreaching the last four of a singles major for the first time.
Gauff, an 18-year-old ranked No. 23, beat 2017 US Open champion Stephens 7-5, 6-2 to reach a semifinal on Thursday against the 59th-ranked. Martina Trevisan from Italy.
Also Tuesday, men’s seed No. 3 Alexander Zverev 19-year-old ousted phenom Carlos Alcaraz from Spain. Zverev beat the sixth seed 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(7) for his first top-10 victory at a Grand Slam on his 12th try. Zverev will play the Novak Djokovic–Rafael Nadal winner of Friday’s semi-finals.
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Gauff, who hasn’t dropped a set in five matches, has continued his progress in major tournaments, since the fourth round of Wimbledon 2019 at 15 and the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros 2021 at 17. She may become the youngest Grand Slam singles finalist in 17 years. -Old Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon 2004.
Gauff reflected on that 2021 quarter-final, when she wasted five set points in the opening set and was swept away by the eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic.
“Last year I think I was too focused on meeting other people’s expectations,” Gauff said in an on-court interview. “Last year in the quarter-finals was a tough loss for me, and I think that game really made me stronger to better prepare for times like today and times that I will face. next round.”
Trevisan knocked out the US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez Canada 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3. Fernandez took a medical timeout in the first set and had his right foot wrapped.
“Today was really unlucky,” Fernandez said. ” I felt like [the injury] before the game, but I didn’t think much about it.
Trevisan, 28 in his first major semi-final, beat Gauff in their only previous head to head – 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the 2020 French Open.
“I think I’m playing my best tennis, but I think it could be better,” Trevisan said.
The other women’s quarter-finals are Wednesday: N°1 Iga Swiatek against #11 Jessica Pegula and an all-Russian match between No. 20 Daria Kasatkina and no. 29 Veronika Kudermatova.
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Coco Gauff in the Roland-Garros semi-final; Carlos Alcaraz eliminated originally appeared on NBCSports.com