Coco Gauff stormed into the quarterfinal of the French Open 2021 following a comfortable victory over Ons Jabeur on Philippe Chatrier court. No.24 seed American took merely 53-minute to send No.25 seed Tunisian packing to make her Grand Slam quarterfinal debut and several histories.
Subsequently, the 17-year-old from Delray beach became the youngest woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2006 French Open. She also became the youngest American to get the last eight at Roland Garros since 1993 and the youngest American to attain a Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 1997 US Open.
“It means a lot to me. I have lost in the fourth round a couple of times, so it feels good to get over that hurdle. Today I played probably my best match so far in the tournament,” Gauff said in the post-match press conference.
Notably, Coco Gauff fell in the Round of 16 at the 2019 Wimbledon and 2020 Australian Open.
“I’m Going To Always Still Be Learning No Matter How Many Matches I Win”: Coco Gauff
American teenage prodigy has won 16 out of 19 matches on clay this season. Incredibly, she captured the second singles title in Parma and stunned several top performers last couple of weeks. And Gauff has not lost a single set in Roland Garros so far.
Speaking about her last fortnight performance on red dirt, Gauff explained, “I feel like all my matches have been — I don’t know how to say it, but straightforward wins, like no crazy three sets and stuff. As we know, I have had a lot of those in the past.”
“I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I have played at this level. Hopefully, I can keep that going. I’m definitely still learning [on clay]. I’m going to always still be learning no matter how many matches I win”, American added.
In the quarterfinal, Coco Gauff will face the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who upset former French Open finalist Sloane Stephens in her fixture.