“I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I’ve played at this level. I hope I can continue like this.”
‘Still to learn’
At 17 years and 86 days old, Gauff is the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since Nicole Vaidisova reached the last eight at Roland Garros 2006.
The 17-year-old dominated from the start against Jabeur, breaking early in the first set and not letting her noose on the opening bursts loosen.
In the second set, Gauff broke again early, although she needed four match points at 5-1 to beat the Tunisian.
Despite the confidence she has shown at Roland Garros so far, Gauff says she is “definitely learning” on the clay courts.
“And shot selection, I think, is very important on clay because you’re not going to have too many winners on clay just because it’s slower and gives your opponent more time to get the ball back. . “
“I think clay is probably the surface you can use the most on all court,” Gauff continued. “I think it’s important that I keep mixing up the way I play so that my opponents don’t really know what to expect.”
Gauff, who has yet to lose a set at Roland Garros, will face Barbora Krejcikova in the next round after the Czech easily beat former finalist Sloane Stephens.
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