Seventeen-year-old Coco Gauff wasn’t phased by the occasion and needed just 53 minutes to dominate Ons Jabeur 6-3 6-1 in the fourth round of Roland Garros to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The 24th-seeded Gauff, who won the junior title at the 2018 French Open, is yet to drop a set this fortnight. In Monday’s encounter with the tricky Tunisian, the American lost just nine points on her serve.
As the WTA Insider pointed out on Twitter, the teenager has now become the:
- Youngest woman to reach a Slam quarterfinal since 2006 Roland Garros (Nicole Vaidisova)
- Youngest American to reach quarterfinals at Roland Garros since 1993 (Jennifer Capriati)
- Youngest American to reach quarterfinals of a Slam since 1997 US Open (Venus Williams)
Gauff next faces Barbora Krejcikova, who will also be playing her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. In Monday’s fourth round, the 25-year-old Czech thrashed former finalist Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-0 in 67 minutes. Both Gauff and Krejcikova won titles at WTA 250 claycourt tournaments right before coming to Paris — Gauff won the champion’s trophy in Parma, while Krejcikova triumphed in Strasbourg.