The 18-year-old Coco Gauff made it to the quarterfinals of the clay court tournament last season — her best result at a Grand Slam.
Coco Gauff. Courtesy: Reuters
- Gauff defeated Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 7-6 (4)
- Last year, Gauff played the quarterfinal at Roland Garros
- Gauff is currently the youngest player remaining in the draw
Coco Gauff, the American teenage sensation, qualified for the third round of the ongoing French Open at Roland Garros by beating Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday, May 25.
The 18-year-old Gauff made it to the quarterfinals of the clay court tournament last season — her best result at a Grand Slam and is looking to improve on her performance.
Two times did Gauff fall behind by two games in the second set but she showed nerves of steel and broke back both times.
The USA women’s tennis prodigy forced three errors from Van Uytvanck in the tiebreaker. The 28-year-old Van Uytvanck’s best result at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the French Open quarterfinals way back in the year 2015.
Gauff is currently the youngest player remaining in the draw and celebrated her high school graduation this week with pictures at the Eiffel Tower.
SAKKARI GOES OUT
Earlier in the day, World No.3 Maria Sakkari bowed out of the tournament after losing 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7) to World No.81 Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic. Sakkari made as many as 37 unforced errors and got eliminated from the championship.
World No.12 US Open champion Emma Raducanu was also shown the door of elimination by Belarusian player Aliaksandra Sasnovich. It was only the second match at the Roland Garros for the 18-year-old Raducanu.
Previously, defending champion Barbora Krejcikova and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur also failed to progress beyond the first round. 15th seed Victoria Azarenka, in the meantime, progressed to the women’s singles third round.