The youngest player left in the main draw, Coco Gauff continued her dream run in the 2021 French Open and reaches the Last 8 of a grand slam for the first time. The 17-year old defeated 25th seed Ons Jabeur in straight sets 6-3,6-1 in just 53 minutes.
Gauff has been in sublime form in the tournament so far. She hasn’t dropped a set yet and looking very lethal. In this match too, she hit just 9 unforced errors, 12 less than her opponent and struck 15 winners. In the quarterfinals next, she will face Czech Barbora Krejcikova who defeated Sloane Stephens earlier.
Gauff was in control of the match right from the beginning. She broke Jabeur upfront and took a decisive 3-0 lead. The remainder of the set was on serve but the American’s domination was on display on Chatrier. She was flawless on serve and didn’t concede any break points. She won the opening set 6-3 in 28 minutes.
The second set had Gauff painted all over it. She again broke in the very first game and took a 2-1 lead. After winning the game, Jabeaur had no chance. The 17-year old won 4 consecutive games, breaking the Tunisian twice again to win the set in just 25 minutes.
‘Every night we play UNO and I win all the time’: Coco Gauff
Gauff will be playing her first grand slam quarterfinal on Wednesday. In the on court interview, she expressed her excitement about the same.
She said: “I am super happy that I was able to reach my first quarterfinal. I played really well today, so I am happy about that. Thank you guys for coming to watch.”
Gauff was been playing a very high level of tennis this tournament. She reflected about the same and spoke about winning at Parma 2 weeks back. “Parma gave me a lot of confidence, especially on Clay. It was my first title on Clay and coming here, it gave me a lot of confidence. It taught me a lot about closing matches and deal with pressure on important points,” she said.
The 17-year old is travelling to Paris with her family and she spoke about the importance of them being around her. “I am glad that my parents are able to travel with me, especially during the bubble and covid, its important to have fun. Every night we play UNO and I win all the time.”