Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens in All-American French Open showdown


Teenager Coco Gauff will bid to achieve her first Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday on the French Open when she takes on skilled compatriot Sloane Stephens within the final eight.

The 18-year-old is taking part in in her second straight Roland Garros quarter-final after dropping to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova 12 months in the past.

5 completely different US gamers have reached the ladies’s quarter-finals within the final 5 years, however there has not been an American champion since Serena Williams gained her third title in 2015.

World primary Iga Swiatek is the one top-10 seed left within the draw and is agency favorite for the title.

However Gauff believes that “anyone can win”, utilizing final yr’s US Open — when qualifier Emma Raducanu beat fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez within the remaining — for example.

“I do know that a number of the greater seeds on my facet positively dropped out of the draw,” she stated.

“I’m considering, particularly if US Open taught us something, anyone can win on any day. I believe all gamers ought to actually (be) going into the match occupied with that.”

Gauff added: “I believe actually we simply need to take a step again, particularly within the Grand Slams, and never take a look at rankings anymore.”

It is going to be Gauff’s second assembly with former US Open champion Stephens, after falling to a straight-sets defeat after they met in an all-American second-round conflict at Flushing Meadows final yr.

“I believe final time I performed her I used to be tremendous nervous going into the match,” she stated.

“Not as a result of it was Sloane. Simply because we had been on (Arthur) Ashe (court docket) and it was an all-American match-up. I believe lots of people anticipated lots from me in that match.”

Stephens is hoping to achieve the semi-finals of a serious occasion for the primary time since dropping the 2018 French Open remaining to Simona Halep.

The 29-year-old has slipped from a career-high of world quantity three to sixty fourth spot within the WTA rankings.

However the clay-court match is the one Grand Slam the place Stephens has made three quarter-finals.

“People in Paris… I believe it’ll be a fantastic match and I’m trying ahead to it,” she stated.

– Fernandez nonetheless an ‘underdog’ –

Fernandez is one other teenager trying to attain the semi-finals because the 19-year-old faces Italy’s Martina Trevisan.

The Canadian was unseeded when she reached the 2021 US Open remaining and have become the youngest participant to knock out three top-five seeds in a Slam since Serena Williams in 1999.

Fernandez is now the third-highest seeded lady left within the draw, however insists she nonetheless considers herself an underdog.

“Each time I step out on the court docket I nonetheless have one thing to show,” she stated.

“I nonetheless have that mindset I’m the underdog. I’m nonetheless younger, I nonetheless have lots to indicate to the folks, to the general public.”

Trevisan is having fun with one other dream run in Paris after additionally reaching the final eight in 2020 as a qualifier.

“I believed to myself, ‘Sure, Martina, you are able to do (it) once more’,” stated Trevisan, who gained her maiden WTA title in Rabat final week and is now on a nine-matching successful run.

“I’ll prefer to reside once more this emotion. I imply, I’m right here, so I’m actually completely happy.”

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