Cori Gauff has reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, just as she managed to do in last year’s edition of the French Open. The 18 year old cast aside Belgian hopeful Elise Mertens in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 and has not lost a set in Paris yet.
Canadian Leylah Fernandez , the 19 year old finalist of the US Open and former youth champion of Roland Garros in 2018, followed Gauff’s example by beating American neighbor Amanda Anisimova in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Cori Gauff, who beat 26 year old Mertens last year at Eastbourne, had trouble getting into the match. In the first set she was made to work to fix a break twice just to break her opponent and take the set.
Mertens won two points in the second set but Gauff put her house in order and made 13 points in a row to 3-0. The rest of the match Mertens was left trailing, who reached the 1/8 finales in 2018, Cori Gauff.
Anisimova, semi finalist in 2019, was behind 4-0 in the blink of an eye who only cashed in on her fifth setpoint. In the second set Anisimova gave away a break at 5-3 but showed willpower but breaking back immediately. Fernandez won third set with only three misses.
Fernandez is now the highest seeded player (17th seed) in the bottom half of the draw. She will now draw Martina Trevisan. The Italian number 59 of the world beat Belarussian Aljaksandra Sasnovitsj with 7-6 (10), 7-5.
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