Coco Gauff becomes youngest woman to reach Grand Slam quarter-finals in 15 years at Roland Garros

The American tennis star was doing it again on Monday, to become the youngest woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since 2006 at Roland-Garros 2021.
She passed Ons Jabeur in just 53 minutes at Roland Garros, 6-3 6-1, to reach her very first Grand Slam quarter-final.
“I feel like all of my games have been – I don’t know how to put it, but simple wins, like no crazy three sets and all that,” said world number 25 Gauff. “As we know, I’ve had a lot in the past.

“I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I’ve played at this level. I hope I can continue like this.”

Gauff celebrates winning her fourth round women's singles match against Ons Jabeur.
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‘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.

Gauff too became the youngest American to reach the Grand Slam quarter-finals since Venus Williams at the 1997 US Open.

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.

“I’m always going to learn no matter how many games I win,” Gauff said. “But for me, it’s just being patient.

“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. . “

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Gauff plays a backhand in her fourth round women's singles match against Ons Jabeur.

“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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