Jun 3, 2021; Paris, France; Coco Gauff (USA) throughout her match in opposition to Qiang Wang (CHN) on day 5 of the French Open at Stade Roland Garros. Obligatory Credit score: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports activities
June 4, 2021
PARIS (Reuters) – American teen sensation Coco Gauff will intention to achieve the last-16 of the French Open for the primary time in her fledgling profession on Saturday when she takes on compatriot Jennifer Brady.
Gauff, 17, has excelled on the European claycourt swing over the past month, with a semi-final run on the Italian Open adopted by solely her second WTA title at Emilia-Romagna Open.
The twenty fourth seed improved her report for 2021 to 23-9 along with her third spherical win.
Solely world primary Ash Barty, Aryna Sabalenka and Veronika Kudermetova — all of them already out of the French Open this week — have gained extra matches this season.
Gauff, nonetheless, faces her first huge check of the event in Brady, who made her breakthrough this season with a runner-up end on the Australian Open.
Of their solely earlier assembly, Brady beat Gauff 6-2 6-4 final August within the Lexington semi-final.
Within the day’s different all-American conflict, final 12 months’s finalist Sofia Kenin will tackle twenty eighth seed Jessica Pegula.
Whereas the ladies’s draw has already misplaced its high three seeds, Iga Swiatek has seemed snug in her position of defending champion, dropping simply seven video games in her opening two rounds.
“I simply realised that I can really play (right here) with none expectations,” Swiatek stated forward of her third spherical match in opposition to Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. “As a result of there are a lot of tales when after going to a event as a defending champion gamers have some points.
“I simply instructed myself, there could also be a state of affairs that you simply’re not gonna play in addition to you probably did final couple of years in Paris, so simply, chill out and we’re gonna see what’s gonna occur.”
Within the males’s draw, Rafa Nadal will proceed his pursuit of a 14th Roland Garros title in opposition to Briton Cameron Norrie, whereas world primary Novak Djokovic will look to stretch his successful head-to-head report over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis to 4-0.
Swiss nice Roger Federer is bidding to achieve the last-16 of a Grand Slam for a record-extending 68th time when he meets Germany’s Dominik Koepfer.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)