It's been about two years since 15-year-old Cori Gauff reached the Round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2019 and she announced herself to the world of tennis as the future of this sport. In these two years Cori has achieved good results, she has entered first in the Top 100 and now she is firmly in the Top 50 improving her rankings week after week.
Despite her very young age, Cori has also shown to have a great relationship with clay, a surface where she reached the WTA semifinal in Rome and won the WTA tournament in Parma, her second career title. Two years after winning the junior title here in Paris Cori has reached her first quarter-final in her career, she has played great tennis and has not lost a single set so far.
At 17 years and two months Cori Gauff is the youngest tennis player to reach the quarter-finals of Roland Garros since Nicole Vaidisova in Paris in the 2006 edition. Speaking only of American tennis players here in Paris we have to go back to the very young Jennifer Capriati who in 1993 reached the quarters at a very similar age.
In general Cori Gauff is the youngest American in a Fourth Slam since the record of Venus Williams in 1997, reached the quarter-finals of the US Open very young. Gauff's numbers in this tournament are excellent, the tennis player clearly beat Krunic, Wang and Jabeur while she took advantage of Jennifer Brady's retirement who she had decided to abdicate after losing the first set 6-1.
Gauff's faced the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, and she was defeated in straight sets, but his Slam was amazing. Except for the reigning champion Iga Swiatek, the women's draw has seen all the Top Ten eliminated and now there is curiosity to understand who can stand as an opponent of the Polish.
Roland Garros 2021: Krejcikova and Sakkari in the semifinal!
Twenty-five years after Jana Novotna, the flag of the Czech Republic returns to the top four on the Roland Garros women's draw. The pupil of the 1997 Wimbledon champion breaks Coco Gauff's dreams with a hysterical 7-6 (4) 6-3.
The American star does not take advantage of a break advantage on two occasions during the first set, misses a two set point (one at 5-4 and one at 6-5) and does not even take advantage of a 6-4 situation in the jeu decisif .
Krejcikova, who instead takes advantage of the first opportunity available, thanks to the circumstances and an incredible yield in response, manages to escape rather easily at 5-0. Her and her to secure three consecutive match points in the next game.
Obviously not responsible for the scoring situation, the seventeen-year-old American lets her arm go completely and recovers up to 3-5. In the final game, however, she fails to move the zero from the points box. For the Czech, at least a semifinalist also in the doubles draw, it will be her fifth career semifinal in the major circuit.
The balance of three wins and one defeat. Since her victory with Marketa Vondrousova in the first round of 2020, Iga Swiatek had struck a series of twenty-two consecutive sets at Roland Garros. She only losing more than four games on two occasions.
The reign of the Polish tennis player, champion also in Rome, however, falls at the foot of the second consecutive semifinal. Maria Sakkari, who in a Grand Slam had never even passed the cut of the fourth round of a Grand Slam, once again touches up the Greece Record.
For the defending champion it is one of the most usual bad days. Sakkari remedies an initial 0-2 disadvantage, cancels a break point at 2-2 and keeps his serve even at 5-4. With an early break, which she guards in a practically perfect way, the Greek tennis player then faces the 6-4 6-4 at the threshold of ninety minutes of play and reaches the surprise Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals.