If Coco Gauff continues at this level of play, she will leap from youth prodigy to Grand Slam champion in no time.
The 17-year-old American completely overwhelmed Ons Jabeur by winning 6-3, 6-1 at the French Open on Monday, becoming the youngest woman to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament in 15 years. .
Gauff gave up just nine points on his serve and looked imperial at the net, taking 13 of 17 points when he went up – impressive considering that he faced an opponent with a great repertoire of punches.
“I feel like I’m playing my tennis more consistently at this level,” Gauff said. “I hope to keep it that way.”
Gauff is one of six women to reach the quarter-round at a Grand Slam for the first time. The others in the women’s draw include her next opponent, Barbora Krejcikova, as well as Maria Sakkari, Elena Rybakina, Paula Badosa and Tamara Zidansek.
Marta Kostyuk was trying to become seventh, but the Ukrainian fell to defending champion Iga Swiatek on Monday 6-3, 6-4. Poland’s Swiatek carries her streak of 22 straight sets at Roland Garros to the quarter-finals, where she will face Greek Sakkari, 17th seeded, who defeated the previous year’s finalist Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3 .
Czech Krejcikova advanced after beating American Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0, runner-up at the 2018 Roland Garros.
Jabeur said Gauff has all the attributes to lift the trophy, whether this year or in the future.
“In case he cannot win it now, he will surely win it another time,” said the Tunisian.
Gauff burst onto the scene as America’s next great player by reaching the knockout stages at Wimbledon two years ago, as a 15-year-old who had made it through the run-up to the Grand Slam event on grass.
Now, he’s gone one step further by reaching the quarterfinals of a great since 17-year-old Venus Williams did it at the 1997 U.S. Open.
“I’ll only be 17 once so you have no choice but to talk about it at 17,” said Gauff, who has not given up a single set in Paris this year.
He got in tune by winning singles and doubles titles in a tournament in Parma prior to the appointment in the French capital. And previously he gave a warning when reaching the semifinals of the Italian Open.
Adding up the scores, he is in the midst of the best streak of his career – nine wins in a row.
“Parma gave me a lot of confidence, especially on clay,” Gauff said. “He taught me how to close games and deal with pressure at important points.”