Coco Gauff will host Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova in the quarterfinals of the French Open.© AFP
Coco Gauff was the youngest Grand Slam finalist in 15 years on Monday when he defeated Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the French Open. Seeded 24 Gauff won 6-3, 6-1 in the 53rd minute and took on Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova in the semi-finals. At 17 years and 86 days old, Gauff is the youngest woman to reach the round of 16 of the slam, when Nicole Vaidisova reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros in 2006 when she was 17 years and 44 days old.
She is also the youngest woman to book a place in the quarter-finals in Paris since Jennifer Capria in 1993.
In a performance at the Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday, the American teenager broke three times with his former junior champion without interrupting himself.
“I’m very happy to have reached the first quarter-finals of my Grand Slam. I played very well today,” said Gauff, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament.
Gauff entered the French Open at the back of the Parma clay title.
“Parma taught me how to close matches and deal with pressure,” he added on Monday, and also found that on Monday he claimed the place of the American team for the Tokyo Olympics.
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