French Open: Coco Gauff Knocks Out Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur


American teenager Coco Gauff reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final with a crushing 6-3 6-1 defeat of Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday.

The 17-year-old capitalised on a nervous start by Jabeur and never let her opponent off the hook in a clinical display.

Former junior French Open champion Jabeur tried to mix things up with her trademark drop shots, but nothing could disrupt Gauff’s flow.

Coco Gauff strikes the tennis ball during French Open match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur

Gauff wrapped up the win in less than an hour on her fourth match point and is yet to drop a set in the tournament. She becomes the youngest woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2006.

Gauff will face Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who swept Sloane Stephens aside 6-2 6-0, for a place in the semis.

Coco Gauff celebrates victory

“I am very happy to reach my first quarter-final, I played really well today,” 24th seed Gauff said on court. “I am happy about that.”

“Coming here gave me a lot of confidence and taught me a lot how to close matches and deal with the pressure on important points.”


Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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