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