A first for Coco Gauff

The American (18) will contest her first Grand Slam semifinal. She will challenge Martina Trevisan

Coco Gauff has taken another step on the Parisian tone. © Capstone

Coco Gauff has taken another step on the Parisian tone. © Capstone

Published on 06/01/2022

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tennis” Coco Gauff (No. 18) will play her first Grand Slam semi-final tomorrow at Roland-Garros. The American, who will make it to the final with the Italian Martina Trevisan (WTA 59), won yesterday in the quarterfinals 7: 5, 6: 2 in front of her compatriot Sloane Stephens (WTA 64). Last year’s quarter-finalist Coco Gauff has therefore taken another step on Parisian sand. At 18 she can even dream of a first major final. She will be the favorite against the great Martina Trevisan (28), who in turn beat Leylah Fernandez (No. 17) 6-2, 6-7 (3/7) and 6-3 yesterday.

Coco Gauff dominated proceedings against 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who won her only head-to-head at Flushing Meadows last summer. She could have won even further, leading 5-2 in the first set before her opponent equalized 5-5. Stopped in Paris last year by future champion Barbora Krejcikova for her first major quarterfinal, Coco Gauff cheered as she served 7-5, 5-1 for the game and committed two double faults. But she knew how to step up her vigilance to complete that part by signing her sixth break.

Stay calm

Martina Trevisan is also in the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time. The Italian, who was a quarter-finalist at Porte d’Auteuil in 2020 and won the title in Rabat ten days ago, claimed her tenth straight victory against last US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez.

Martina Trevisan was able to keep her composure after losing the second set, in which she missed a first match point on serve at a score of 6:2, 5:4. “On the first match point I was too nervous, I was thinking too much and telling myself I was just one point away from the semifinals,” she said. The left-hander from Florence quickly threw it in a third set where she led 4-0, also taking advantage of her opponent’s lack of consistency in the substitution (44 unforced errors). She conceded another break when she served for the match at 5-1, but didn’t flinch when it came time to finish at 5-3. ats

Results

Paris. Roland Garros. Second Grand Slam lifter (43.6 million euros, sand). single women. Quarter finals: Martina Trevisan (ITA) defeats Leylah Fernandez (CAN/17) 6-2 6-7 (3/7) 6-3. Coco Gauff (USA/18) beats Sloane Stephens (USA) 7:5, 6:2. Gentlemen only. Quarterfinals: Alexander Zverev (GER/3) defeats Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/6) 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (9/7).


The German beat the Spaniard in four rounds yesterday.

Alexander Zverev (No. 3) will contest his fifth major semi-final in Roland-Garros on Friday. The German put an end to Carlos Alcaraz’s (No. 6) dreams of greatness in the quarterfinals, winning in 3h18′ 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (9/7). Stopped in five sets by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals last year in Paris, Alexander Zverev finally broke the “curse” that had weighed on him yesterday on the Philippe-Chatrier court. In fact, he had never beaten a member of the top 10 in a grand slam in 11 tries.

The 25-year-old from Hamburg also ended the super series of Carlos Alcaraz (19), who had 14 wins. He himself had suffered from the law of the Spanish prodigy in the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, where he failed to give his full measure after his late semi-final the previous day.

Alexander Zverev could have won easier yesterday. He missed a break point the weight of a match point at 4-4 in the third set and conceded his signing when he served to win that encounter at 5-4 in the fourth set.

Carlos Alcaraz could have even taken on the 2020 US Open finalist in a fifth round. The Spaniard got a fourth set ball on his serve at 6/5 in the tie-break, but he made the mistake on the backhand. Alexander Zverev, on the other hand, was able to take his chance in this crucial game and finish with his second match ball. ats

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