French Open: Coco Gauff beats Sloane Stephens to prepare for the semi-final against Martina Trevisan | Tennis News
Coco Gauff to the first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland-Garros; The American teenager will face unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan, who made the last four after beating US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez
Last update: 05/31/22 4:20 p.m.
American teenager Coco Gauff beat compatriot Sloane Stephens to advance to the French Open semi-finals where she will face unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan.
Gauff, 18, who clinched her first clay-court title at the Emilia-Romagna Open last year, enjoys playing on the slow court and she made it to the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 7-5 6-2 win.
Gauff, who burst onto the scene by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon aged 15, said: “Even last year I was too focused on meeting other people’s expectations. how good or bad my career is, I think I’m a great person.
“Your results or your work or how much money you make does not define you as a person.”
The teenager took a 5-2 lead in a one-sided start but Stephens, US Open champion in 2017 and runner-up in Paris a year later, fought to recover the breaks and leveled at 5-5 .
Gauff, who didn’t drop a set in her run to the last four, recovered just in time to take eight of the next nine points and take the opening set.
Another break put it 3-1 up and she managed to return almost everything Stephens threw at her.
Instead of serving the game, she again double faulted to give her opponent a brief reprieve before winning it on Stephens’ serve in the very next game.
Coco puts the high school diploma above the semi-final
Gauff claimed that finishing his exams was more difficult than reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros.
She graduated from high school in Paris after successfully combining her studies with life on the WTA Tour.
“Was graduating harder? Yeah because I know how hard it was to go to school and play tennis on the road,” the 18th seed said. series.
“Other players in general disappear from life and we think tennis is the most important thing in the world. It’s not.
“So graduating from high school meant a lot to me.”
Trévisan reaches the first Slam semi-final at 28
Trevisan, ranked 59th in the world, became the first woman to advance to the semi-finals in Paris after defeating 17th seed Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.
“I felt a little nervous on the match point (in the second set) but it was normal to feel that emotion because it was only my second Grand Slam quarter-final,” said the 28-year-old Italian. years, which recorded its 10th in a row. to win.
“I came here with a lot of energy and to put all my emotion on the court.”
Trevisan, who won her first tour title this month in Rabat, is trying to emulate fellow Italian Francesca Schiavone, who won the title in 2010, and the way she plays suggests she will stop in this quest.
It’s been a tough journey for Trevisan, who goes by the name of Martina Navratilova, as she spent four years away from tennis to battle an eating disorder.
She said: “I’m happy on the pitch. I’m doing what I love. So my past is the past, and that has helped me to be in the present, to be who I am right now.”
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