Seed No.24 Coco Gauff of the United States squeezed past Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic 7-6(11) 6-4 to make the second round of the 2021 French Open.
The world No.213 Krunic was the first to go up a break in the first set, but Gauff broke right back to 3-3 and the set progressed into a tiebreak. When Gauff raced to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak, it seemed like it was a done deal, but Krunic won five points in a row and earned a set point at 6-5. In a thrilling tiebreak that went back and forth, Krunic wasted four set points, while Gauff converted her third to finally take the set in 82 minutes.
Note that Krunic hit nine aces to Gauff’s one in the first set. They were both bad at break point conversions, but Gauff was horrible with just one out of 11, while Krunic converted one out of four.
After edging the first set, Gauff was on a momentum and stormed to a 4-0 lead in the second set. The 28-year-old Krunic once again stayed competitive, won three games in a row to go to 3-4 and then even had a break point to level to 5-5. Luck was on Gauff’s side in crucial moments and the American triumphed just moments after being threatened with a break.
In the second round, Gauff will face Wang Qiang of China. (photo: Jimmie48)