Gauff, Stephens to meet in Roland Garros quarterfinals


American Sloane Stephens confidently won her fourth-round match on Sunday to book a quarterfinal meeting with compatriot Coco Gauff.

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In the bottom-half section of fourth-round WTA matches on Sunday at Roland Garros, 18th-seeded Coco Gauff took charge from 4-all in the first set to beat 31st-seeded Elise Mertens 6-4 6-0 at Court Philippe Chatrier. The 18-year-old Gauff, the youngest player left in the draw, has now won four matches in a row for the first time since quarterfinal run here in 2021.

The 2018 Roland Garros girls’ singles champion Gauff will next face fellow American Sloane Stephens, who eased past Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 6-2 6-0.

Also on Sunday, US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez of Canada battled past American Amanda Anisimova 6-3 4-6 6-3. The 17th-seeded Fernandez broke her opponent six times in this fourth-round match and has now recorded 23 breaks of serve en route to winning four consecutive main-draw matches on clay for the first time in her young career.

The world No.28 Anisimova was a semifinalist in Paris three years ago. She enjoyed an impressive 2022 clay-court season, winning 13 matches and making quarterfinals or better at all three tournaments prior to Roland Garros. Moreover, she posted five Top 20 wins during this year’s clay-court swing.

In the quarterfinals, Fernandez will face Martina Trevisan of Italy, who eliminated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(10) 7-5. The world No.59 Trevisan has reach the final eight at Roland Garros for the second time, having also advanced this far as a qualifier in Paris two years ago. Having lifted her maiden WTA title at Rabat last week, Trevisan is now on a nine-match winning streak.



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