French Open: Coco Gauff defeats Sloane Stephens to set up semi-final against Martina Trevisan

Coco Gauff through to maiden Grand Slam semi-final at French Open; American teenager to face unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan, who made the last-four after defeating US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez

Last Updated: 31/05/22 3:28pm

Coco Gauff defeated 2018 French Open finalist Sloane Stephens to reach her maiden Grand Slam semi-final

American teenager Coco Gauff defeated compatriot Sloane Stephens to surge into the French Open semi-finals where she will take on unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan.

The 18-year-old Gauff, who clinched her maiden clay-court title at the Emilia-Romagna Open last year, has been growing fond of playing on the slow surface and she made it through to the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 7-5 6-2 victory.

Trevisan advances to first Slam semi at the age of 28

Trevisan, ranked 59 in the world, became the first woman through to the semi-finals in Paris after beating 17th seed Leylah Fernandez from Canada 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

“I felt a bit nervous on the match point (in the second set) but it was normal to feel that emotion because this was only my second Grand Slam quarter-final,” the 28-year-old Italian, who won her first WTA title in Rabat this month, said.

“I came here with a lot of energy and to put all my emotion on the court.”

She is bidding to emulate Italian compatriot Francesca Schiavone, who won the title in 2010, and the way she is playing suggests she will take some stopping in that quest.

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