'What a star': Tennis world erupts over 'insane' Coco Gauff feat

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Coco Gauff and Ons Jabeur, pictured here in action at the French Open.
Coco Gauff was brutal in her win over Ons Jabeur at the French Open. Image: Getty

Coco Gauff has become the youngest female player to reach the quarter-finals of a grand slam in 15 years, crushing Ons Jabeur 6-3 6-1 in the fourth round of the French Open.

The 17-year-old needed just 53 minutes to win on Monday and takes on Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic for a place in the semi-finals.

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At 17 years and 86 days, the Anerican is the youngest woman to reach the last eight of a slam since Nicole Vaidisova made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2006 aged 17 years and 44 days.

Gauff is also the youngest American woman to book a place in the last eight in Paris since Jennifer Capriati in 1993.

"It means a lot to me, especially as I have lost in the fourth round a couple of times so it feels good to get over that hurdle," the 24th seed told reporters after the match. 

"Today I played probably my best match so far in the tournament.

"My message has always been 'dream big and aim higher'. I think that today was honestly coming from that message of aiming higher.

"I could easily have said I'm satisfied with the fourth round and everything, but today I think I just came in more hungry and wanting more compared to my last times I have been in the fourth round."

Gauff didn't serve a single double fault and such was the accuracy and power of her serve that Jabeur won only nine points off it.

"I think she never served like this before, and that was her best day today," 25th seed Jabeur, who matched her run to the fourth round last year, said.

"It was very hard for me to return today. I think she deserved it today, and I will have to get back to work. But, honestly, not really a lot to regret."

Tennis fans and pundits were in awe of Gauff's incredible display.

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Coco Gauff continues remarkable winning streak

Gauff has now won nine matches in a row - her longest winning streak on the professional circuit - having claimed her first clay court title in Parma in the build-up to Roland Garros.

"I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I have played at this level. Hopefully I can keep that going," she said.

Gauff famously made her breakthrough at Wimbledon in 2019, beating Venus Williams in the first round when she was just 15.

Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff, pictured here shaking hands after their French Open clash.
Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff shake hands after their French Open clash. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

She was the youngest woman ever to qualify for the tournament and backed it up by reaching the fourth round.

Later that summer, she melted the hearts of a tough New York crowd when she collapsed in tears into the consoling arms of Naomi Osaka after losing to the Japanese star in the third round.

She then claimed her maiden title at Linz and this year in Paris is playing at a career-high ranking of 25 in the world.

Elsewhere on Monday, Maria Sakkari became one of a record six women to reach the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time, dispatching fourth-seeded Sofia Kenin 6-1 6-3.

The Greek player will face defending champion Iga Swiatek for a place in the semi-finals after the Pole accounted for teenager Marta Kostyuk 6-3 6-4.

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