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Coco Gauff qualified for the quarterfinals in Paris for the second year in a row

American teenager Coco Gauff advanced to the quarterfinals of the French Open for the second year in a row, while US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez continued her impressive career.

The 18-year-old won a comfortable 6-4, 6-0 victory over 31st Belgian seed Elise Mertens at Philippe Chatrier Court.

Gauff will face US Open champion Sloane Stephens or Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals.

“I definitely feel confident on the field. I feel like it really fits my game,” said the 18th seed who celebrated his high school graduation in Paris last week.

“And I have the feeling that in previous tournaments this season on clay, I had some good victories, but they were not really exceptional results.

“I feel like it gave me a lot to learn, and I think I’m taking advantage of those tough games that I’ve lost this season and I’m learning from them and I guess I’m proving I’m better.”

Gauff had to fight for almost an hour in a tense first set against Mertens before snatching it, but she dominated the second set to seal the victory.

“Raducanu’s surprise victory at the US Open inspired the rest of the field”

Emma Raducanu surprised the world of sports by winning the US Open at Flushing Meadows

Emma Raducanu surprised the world of sports by winning the US Open at Flushing Meadows

Gauff said Emma Raducanu’s surprise victory at the US Open inspired the rest of the women’s field to believe they could fight for the top prizes.

British teenager Raducanu surprised the sports world when he completed qualifying to win at Flushing Meadows last year.

Gauff, who like Raducanu made his big breakthrough at Wimbledon in 2019, said: “I think, especially if the U.S. Open has taught us something, anyone can win any day.

“I think all players should get into the game thinking about it. I think for me I always thought I could get far, but for other players I think so too.

“In this tournament, I mean, on both sides of the draw, except for the Iga, there are still many low-level and low-level players in the tournament.

“So I really think the players believe it. Other players believe it. I think a lot of that comes from this tournament.”

With several top-tier players, including third-seeded Paula Badosa, already eliminated, Gauff has a chance to make the final four of a Grand Slam for the first time, but keeps his feet on the ground.

“I know that some of the highest seeds on my side have definitely left the draw. But at the same time, I think, you know, the opportunity, I feel it depends on how you see it,” he said.

“For me, I look at it in a way every day, no matter who you play for, you have a chance to win the game, regardless of your starting position or position or whatever.”

Finalist of the United States Open Leila Fernández reached the quarterfinals for the first time with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory over Amanda Anisimova.

The Canadian achieved her great success at the US Open, where she reached the final before losing to Britain’s Emma Raducanu in an unrated teenage duel.

“I think I’m getting better and better and I understand my game, which is the most important thing,” Fernandez said.

“That was our goal after the U.S. Open. We just want to improve my tennis game, my full game, and keep taking advantage of those opportunities and see where my level is and see where I can improve for the next game. “.

Fernandez, who became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 2022 at the age of 19, will play Martina Trevisan after Italy.

Trevisan, 59th in the world, reached the quarterfinals for the second time in three games after beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (12-10) 7-5.

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