French Open: Coco Gauff reaches semi-finals to record best Grand Slam result

Coco Gauff French Open

US tennis star Coco Gauff has booked her place in the semi-finals of the French Open after another straight-sets win.

The 18-year-old defeated compatriot Sloane Stephens 7-5, 6-2 to extend her impressive run of form at the tournament.

Gauff is yet to drop a single set at Roland-Garros and her quarter-final victory marks her best result at a Grand Slam.

Her dominant run has set her up to face Martina Trevisan in the next round, which will be Gauff’s first ever major semi-final.

The rising star enjoyed a strong start to her match against Stephens and needed just 90 minutes in total to oust her opponent. The two Americans had met just once prior to Tuesday’s match, during the 2021 US Open.

Stephens defeated Gauff in the second round, but went on to be knocked out herself in the next stage.

Coco Gauff of The United States interacts with Sloane Stephens of The United States after winning their Women’s Singles Quarter Final match on Day 10 of The 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I feel so happy,” Gauff said after her victory. “Last year was a tough loss for me but I believe that match made me stronger.

“Last time I played Sloane I lost. Today was different. I stayed mentally strong as she is the kind of player who can make shots others can’t do.”

Unstoppable at Roland-Garros

Gauff has looked comfortable throughout this year’s French Open, recording some impressive results so far.

The 18-year-old has scored two bagels in the tournament, one against Canada’s Rebecca Marino and the other against Elise Martens of Belgium.

She took a 3-0 lead in the first set over Stephens and despite an inspired burst of creativity from her opponent, Gauff kept her composure and reclaimed momentum as the score reached 6-5 in her favour. She scored a backhand winner to clinch the set and went on to wrap up the second set in much more comfortable fashion.

As she only turned 18 two months ago, Gauff is officially unbeaten as an adult in Grand Slam tournaments.

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As well as reaching the first Grand Slam semi-final of her career, Gauff is the youngest player to reach the penultimate stage of the French Open since Amanda Anisimova in 2019.

She will be hoping to go one better on Thursday when she faces Italy’s Trevisan to fight for a place in the final.

Trevisan is undefeated in ten matches and will be vying for her shot at her first Grand Slam title after winning the Morocco Open earlier this month. The Italian beat US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 to book her spot against Gauff in the semis.

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