At Roland Garros, Coco Gauff reaches her first grand slam quarter-final.


At Roland Garros, Coco Gauff reaches her first grand slam quarter-final.

Coco Gauff made history by reaching the French Open quarter-finals.

When the 17-year-old American reached the fourth round at Wimbledon two years ago, she generated a stir, and she hopes to duplicate the accomplishment at the Australian Open in 2020.

Now she’s gone one better, and if her performance against Ons Jabeur in a 6-3 6-1 triumph is any indication, she’s a real title candidate.

Gauff has been in superb form on European clay, winning a championship in Parma and climbing to a career-high global ranking of 25.

She dominated Tunisian Jabeur in all areas, but especially on serve, conceding only nine points on her own delivery in the match to advance to the final eight.

Gauff hasn’t dropped a set in singles since winning the junior title at Roland Garros three years ago.

In the last eight, the teenager will face Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who is a first-time slam quarter-finalist — at least in singles.

The 25-year-old was even more dominant, defeating Sloane Stephens, a previous finalist, 6-2, 6-0.

Stephens had appeared to be in fantastic shape, but she got off to a poor start and never recovered, making 26 unforced errors to just nine winners.

Krejcikova is better renowned for her doubles play, but she has been steadily improving in the singles game, and she is currently on a nine-match winning streak after capturing the WTA title in Strasbourg.


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