Tennis world erupts over Coco Gauff feat at French Open

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Coco Gauff will play her first. grand slam semi-final at the French Open.
Coco Gauff has won through to her first grand slam semi final, defeating compatriot Sloan Stephens in the French Open quarters. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

American teenager Coco Gauff has progressed to her first grand slam semi-final after defeating compatriot Sloane Stephens in straight sets at the French Open.

Last year's trip to Roland Garros was a heartbreaker for Gauff, who had stormed into what was then her first grand slam quarter final, only to lose to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova.

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Gauff had blown a strong position to Krejcikova in last year's quarter final, but that painful experience served the 18-year-old well as she surged into the semis 7-5, 6-2.

A week ago Gauff was celebrating her graduation from high school under the lights of the Eiffel Tower - now she is a genuine chance to play her first grand slam final thanks to a string of upsets.

The World No.23 wasn't without nerves, double-faulting six times, but was able to hang tough to set up a semi-final clash against unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan.

Fans were delighted to see Gauff win through to the semi-finals, with Trevisan having made an enourmously unlikely run to meet her there.

Gauff said she was thrilled to make it so far, but added that she was trying to keep a more composed mindset this time around and concentrate on her own expectations of herself.

"I feel so happy right now, words can't explain," Gauff said.

"I feel like last year I was looking at the finish line, and now I'm not looking at anything really except that ball in front of me.

"I believe in myself. But last year I was too focussed on trying to fulfil other people's expectations, it's just enjoy life, in life in general, your results, your job, how much money you make doesn't define you as a person. If you love yourself, who cares what anyone else thinks?"

Having slipped from 5-2 to 5-5 in the first set Gauff won eight points out of nine to take it.

She was then broken again serving at 5-1 in the second, but once more immediately broke herself to claim the set, and the match.

Coco Gauff to face unseeded Martina Trevisan in French Open semi-final

Awaiting Gauff in the semi-final is the 28-year-old Trevisan, in the midst of a Cinderella run through the tournament.

Trevisan overcame another teenage upstart on tour, Leylah Fernandez, to set up her semi-final showdown against Gauff.

In defeating the Canadian Trevisan became the first Italian woman to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Sara Errani in 2013.

Trevisan needed two hours and 21 minutes to win. The match could have been much shorter but Trevisan wavered when serving at 5-4 in the second.

Unseeded Italian contender Martina Trevisan has worked her way to the French Open semi-finals, where she'll face Coco Gauff for a spot in the final. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
Unseeded Italian contender Martina Trevisan has worked her way to the French Open semi-finals, where she'll face Coco Gauff for a spot in the final. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

Fernandez thus pushed the set to a tiebreak that she won to become the first player to take a set off Trevisan at Roland Garros this year, but it was a brief respite.

"I felt a little nervous on the first match point. But afterwards I accepted the situation to be close to a semi-final. I realised it was normal to feel that way," Trevisan said.

The Florentine, who spent four years away from tennis to battle an eating disorder, said winning her first career title in Rabat right ahead of Roland Garros helped.

"The trophy in Rabat was very Important, it was an incredible week. I came here with a lot of confidence."

With AAP

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