February 5, 2023

Coco Gauff, the youngest woman left at the French Open, advances to the fourth round

Coco Gauff, the youngest woman left at the French Open, advances to the fourth round

Coco GuffThe youngest woman left in the French Open draw, reached the fourth round at Roland Garros with a win Kaya Kanebi 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.

Gauff, then 18, was a little girl when Estonian Kanepi – then 36 – played her first French Open quarter-final in 2008. On Friday, Gauff had six aces and five double faults. , while Kanebi recorded 29 unintended errors.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match. [She] get over [former champion Garbine] Muguruza In the first round. “I knew the day was coming soon,” said Gauff, who had her best Grand Slam result when she reached the French Open quarter-finals last year. “I’ve been coming to France since I was 10 and trained at the Muratoglu Academy, so I guess that makes me maybe not an expert on clay, but not bad in it.”

Gauff didn’t drop a set in her first three matches. You will encounter the number 31 next Elise Mertenswho defeated Varvara Grasheva 6-2, 6-3.

Kanebe broke in the first game, but Gauff responded aggressively, winning the next five games with a group of winners at Susan Lenglin Stadium. Kanebi led 3-2 in the second set, but her hopes of a comeback were short-lived, as she dropped her serve again when she pushed an easy backhand into the net after a poor shot from Gauff.

Submitting 4-3, Gauff kept the bout and concluded the match when Kanebe made her 29th seamless foul.

In other results, Angelique KerberThe quest to complete her Grand Slam career ended after the 21st seed lost 6-4, 7-6 (5) to Alexandra Sasnovich. Sasnovic will head to the fourth round on the major clay courts for the first time.

He also advanced on Friday and was the second-placed in the US Open Laila Fernandez And the Amanda AnisimovaWho will meet in the fourth round.

Fernandez wins Olympic gold Belinda Pencik 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 at Philippe Chatrier’s Court. Anisimova advanced when Carolina Muchova She stopped playing after injuring her right ankle.

Fernandez, the 17th seed, broke Bencic’s team in the eleventh game of the deciding set and sealed the match. I saved two set points in the opening game.

Ranked 27, Anisimova, an American reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros at the age of 17 in 2019 and eliminated the four-time Grand Slam champion. Naomi Osaka In the first round this year, he was leading 6-7 (7), 6-2, 3-0 when Muchova walked to the net to take the match.

Muchova twisted her right foot while serving 2-all in the second set. I went to the sideline during that game to be checked out by a doctor and a coach, who taped my ankle.

Upon resuming play after the medical deadline expired, Muchova lost seven consecutive matches before withdrawing from the match.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.