Gauff beats Stephens to set up final clash with Trevisan at Roland Garros

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Coco Gauff beat former finalist Sloane Stephens in straight sets on Tuesday at Roland Garros to reach her first semi-final at a Grand Slam tournament.

The 18-year-old beat fellow American 7-5, 6-2 and will face unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan after toppling 17th seed Leylah Fernadnez 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.

Gauff, the 18th seed, will enter the encounter as a favorite against the 28-year-old, even though Trevisan won their only previous second-round encounter at the 2020 French Open.

After this success, Trevisan qualified to the quarter-finals. Two years later, she stands one game away from a final at a Grand Slam tournament.

“It’s an incredible moment for me,” Trevisan said. “It was a very tough game but I got through it, so I’m very happy.”

Fernandez, who reached the US Open final last September, suffered a right foot injury during the closing stages of the match.

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But despite her reduced mobility, the 19-year-old Canadian fought on. Trevisan served for the game at 5-1 but inflated their lines. But she was right on the second time asking against an increasingly weakened opponent.

Trevisan will encounter a lot more movement from Gauff in their game on Thursday.

She kept her patience in long grassroots rallies with Stephens and launched a series of drop shots. His serve, despite six double faults, proved more solid in the key moments of the 90-minute encounter.

“It obviously wasn’t my best day,” Stephens said. “I think Coco played a full game and sometimes you just have those days and that was his moment and that’s really it.”


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