French Open Lookahead: Gauff, 17, seeks first Slam semifinal
PARIS (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO WEDNESDAY
Coco Gauff looks to take the next step in her rapid rise when she faces Barbora Krejcikova in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal for both. Gauff, a 17-year-old American, can become the youngest woman in the semifinals at any major tournament since 2006 with a victory. She is seeded 24th. If Gauff wins, she will be the youngest American woman to reach the final four in Paris since Jennifer Capriati was 14 in 1990. Krejcikova is a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic who is ranked 33rd and narrowly missed out on being seeded at Roland Garros. Gauff is playing in her seventh Grand Slam tournament; Krejcikova in her fifth. The day’s second women’s quarterfinal at Court Philippe Chatrier is 2020 champion Iga Swiatek against 17th-seeded Maria Sakkari, who is making her Slam quarterfinal debut. In the men’s quarterfinals, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal faces No. 10 seed Diego Schwartzman, before No. 1 Novak Djokovic meets No. 9 Matteo Berrettini at night. That will be the first night session of this year’s tournament with fans allowed because a coronavirus curfew that has required spectators to clear out by 9 p.m. now will take effect two hours later.
Partly cloudy. High of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 Celsius).
Sunny. High of 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
TUESDAY’S KEY RESULTS
Women’s Quarterfinals: No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat No. 21 Elena Rybakina 6-7 (2), 6-2, 9-7; Tamara Zidansek beat No. 33 Paula Badosa 7-5, 4-6, 8-6.
Men’s Quarterfinals: No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5; No. 6 Alexander Zverev beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
STAT OF THE DAY
39 — Forehand winners for Zidansek in her victory, which made her the first tennis player representing Slovenia to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I like France very much. During the match, I heard a lot of people cheering for Elena. But no worries, it actually helped me.” — Pavlyuchenkova, who represents Russia and lives in France, speaking to the crowd in French after her victory.
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