Coco Gauff's powerful gun violence message after French Open win

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American Coco Gauff (pictured) speaking to the media at the French Open.
American Coco Gauff (pictured) sent a message about gun violence and peace to those back at home after she reached the French Open final. (Getty Images)

American teen sensation Coco Gauff has delivered a powerful message to those back home after calling for action against gun laws in the US following her French Open semi-final win.

The 18-year-old, who was already in unknown grand slam territory with her first semi-final spot, will next face Polish top seed Swiatek, who cruised into Saturday's final with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Russian Daria Kasatkina to stretch her winning run to 34 matches.

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"I am a little bit in shock right," Gauff, who is also through to the women's doubles semi-final with Jessica Pegula, said.

"Honestly, I wasn't nervous going in today which is a surprise."

Despite her elation, Gauff took the time to send a message to those back home after a number of mass shootings in America in the last few weeks.

As is a tradition with modern players, Gauff was granted the opportunity to write a message on the camera post-match.

And Gauff used her opportunity, as she often does, to speak out on a social and political issues.

"Peace. End gun violence," she wrote to the world.

The message from an 18-year-old using her platform to send a strong message resonated with many around the world.

Gauff heads to first grand slam final to face Swiatek

Gauff said she heads into the final as the underdog against Swiatek, who has now won 34 matches in a row on the WTA Tour.

"Playing Iga, she's on a streak right now obviously, and I think going in I have nothing to lose and she's definitely the favourite going into the match on paper," she said.

"I'm just going to play free and play my best tennis. I think in a grand slam final anything can happen."

Gauff is yet to drop a set in the tournament and is the youngest finalist at any grand slam in 18 years.

Her stunning achievement left tennis fans in a frenzy on social media, with the popular star even getting a shout-out from a former first lady of the United States.

"If I do lift the trophy, honestly, I don't think my life is going to change really," Gauff said.

"I know it sounds kind of bad to say that, but the people who love me are still going to love me regardless if I lift the trophy or not."

Gauff will a job on her hands to beat Swiatek, who is looking to match the longest women's winning streak of the 21st century - Venus Williams' 25 straight wins in 2000.

"I'm so grateful to be in this place and you know, be healthy and be able to play my game. It's amazing and I love playing here," said Swiatek.

with AAP

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