French Open: Coco Gauff overwhelmed in quarter-finals by Barbora Krejcikova at Roland Garros


The 17-year-old created 5 set factors previous to dropping the primary set after which saved 5 match factors, earlier than her 25-year-old opponent acquired over the road; Barbora Krejcikova will face both Iga Swiatek or Maria Sakkari within the semi-finals

Final Up to date: 09/06/21 1:03pm


Coco Gauff had a number of modifications to take the primary set however couldn’t convert them

Coco Gauff’s hopes of reaching a primary Grand Slam semi-final ended after a straight-sets loss to Barbora Krejcikova at Roland Garros.

Gauff has been in sensible kind on the clay and had cruised by way of to her first slam quarter-final, however she was unable to take any of the 5 set factors she created within the opening set.

After that, the 17-year-old suffered a dip in kind and went 5-0 down within the second set. Though Gauff confirmed her tenacity to claw video games again and save 5 match factors within the course of, Krejcikova was capable of settle her nerves and end the job 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Krejcikova, who has by no means reached a Grand Slam singles semi-final earlier than, will meet both the defending champion Iga Swiatek or the seventeenth seed Maria Sakkari within the final 4.

The quarter-final victory extends her profitable run to 10 matches, having secured the title on the Internationaux De Strasbourg earlier than arriving at Roland Garros.

Within the first set, unsurprisingly, the 2 first-time grand slam quarter-finalists displayed patches of nerves.

As Krejcikova took time to search out her toes, Gauff charged forwards to steer 3-0 after which 5-3.

{The teenager} then went 6-4 up within the tie-break, earlier than Krejcikova settled and handed the nerves onto Gauff. The Czech participant confirmed very good resilience to erase additional set factors towards her after which snatch the set out of Gauff’s arms.

Firstly of the second set, Gauff’s disappointment was clear for all to see. Her error rely elevated significantly, and he or she struggled to get again profitable video games.

After a double fault left her 4-0 behind, she smashed her racket on the court docket. Gauff confirmed tenacity to not less than get on the scoreboard and at that time, Krejcikova began to really feel the load of the event.

Three match factors got here and went at 5-1, the final an open-court backhand that Krejcikova put vast.

When Gauff saved two extra match factors and held for 3-5, it appeared like a dramatic turnaround may be on the playing cards, however Krejcikova was capable of take the spoils on the sixth time of asking.

“In Strasbourg I used to be relieved that I used to be having fun with video games and now I am right here and I am within the semi-finals,” she stated with a smile after the competition.

“I by no means imagined that I would be right here and taking part in on this court docket at some point, particularly in singles, and with the ability to win. Already for me, that is one thing I’ve dreamed of.”

With both Swiatek or Sakkari awaiting Krejcikova subsequent – and the 2 athlete’s duel being performed immediately after on Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier – Krejcikova admitted that she could be glued to the competition.

“I watch all of the matches now as a result of I simply get pleasure from watching matches and I feel it is loads of enjoyable.

“I will look ahead to certain, additionally I simply cannot wait to come back again. I really feel actually comfortable right here and I am wanting ahead to taking part in once more. I would be wanting ahead to taking part in right this moment, if there was a match!”

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