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French Open: Coco Gauff defeats Sloane Stephens to set up semi-final against Martina Trevisan

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Coco Gauff through to maiden Grand Slam semi-final at French Open; American teenager to face unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan, who made the last four after defeating US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez

Last Updated: 31/05/22 3:51pm

Coco Gauff defeated 2018 French Open finalist Sloane Stephens to reach her maiden Grand Slam semi-final

American teenager Coco Gauff defeated compatriot Sloane Stephens to surge into the French Open semi-finals where she will take on unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan.

The 18-year-old Gauff, who clinched her maiden clay-court title at the Emilia-Romagna Open last year, has been growing fond of playing on the slow surface and she made it through to the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 7-5 6-2 victory.

Gauff, who burst onto the scene by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon at the age of 15, said: “Even last year I was too focused on fulfilling other people’s expectations. No matter how good or bad my career is, I think I’m a great person.

“Your results or your job or how much money you make doesn’t define you as a person.”

The teenager stormed into a 5-2 lead in a one-sided start but Stephens, US Open champion in 2017 and finalist in Paris a year later, battled to get the breaks back and levelled at 5-5.

Gauff, who has not dropped a set in her run to last four, recovered just in time to win eight of the next nine points and bag the opening set.

Another break put her 3-1 up and she managed to return almost everything Stephens threw at her.

Instead of serving out the match, she double-faulted twice again to give her opponent a brief reprieve before winning it on Stephens’ serve in the very next game.

Trevisan advances to first Slam semi at the age of 28

Trevisan, ranked 59 in the world, became the first woman through to the semi-finals in Paris after beating 17th seed Leylah Fernandez from Canada 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

“I felt a bit nervous on the match point (in the second set) but it was normal to feel that emotion because this was only my second Grand Slam quarter-final,” the 28-year-old Italian, who recorded her 10th straight win.

“I came here with a lot of energy and to put all my emotion on the court.”

Trevisan, who won her first tour title this month in Rabat, is bidding to emulate Italian compatriot Francesca Schiavone, who won the title in 2010, and the way she is playing suggests she will take some stopping in that quest.

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