Coco Gauff Becomes Youngest Grand Slam quarter-finalist

Coco Gauff has became the youngest player to qualify as the quarter-finalist of the Grand Slam, at 17 years and 86 days of age.

Anoushka Das
Jun 07, 2021 12:51 IST
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American Tennis player, Coco Gauff became the youngest Grand Slam quarter-finalist in 15 years on Monday. Tunisian player Ons Jabeur struggled to win against Gauff

This comes after the 17-year-old tennis star, defeated Tunisia's Ons Jabeur at the French Open. She also managed to reach the semifinal round of the tournament, after defeating Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova, 6-3, 6-1, in 53 minutes.

Gauff dominated, as she produced zero double faults, and won 81 per cent of her first serve points. She didn't even drop a single service game. She also managed to breeze through the first 28 minutes of the game, by taking control from the outset.

As the game went on, Jabeur wasn't able to take control. Coco Gauff dominated even more in the second game.


Fifteen years ago, Nicole Vaidisova was the youngest player, who made it to the quarter finals, at the French Open (or Roland Garros) in 2006. She was 17 years and 44 days, old at that time.

Besides being the youngest player to achieve this feat, Coco Gauff is also the youngest American woman, to book a place in the last eight in Paris since Jennifer Capriati in 1993.

Coco Gauff to be a part of the Tokyo Olympics

Coco Gauff said that she was elated about the fact that she reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final. "I am super happy to reach my first Grand Slam quarter-final. I played really well today," said Gauff, who has yet to drop a set at the tournament. “Coming here gave me a lot of confidence and taught me a lot how to close matches and deal with the pressure on important points," she added.

On Monday, she came to know that she will be a part of the American team, that will be playing in the Tokyo Olympics, which will be held this year.


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