Two American players who love playing on clay: The crowd is not often treated at Court Philippe Chatrier. On Tuesday afternoon, he was able to enjoy a quarter-final match between Sloane Stephens (29), the 2017 US Open champion and 2018 Roland Garros runner-up, and Coco Gauff (18), who won the Junior Championships in Paris in 2018 and reached the final quarter-finals. general. It’s no secret that these American tennis players, who grew up on hard courts, excel on slow clay courts, by chopping and hitting strokes.
When it’s 4-2 in the first set, the two players hit each other deep spinning balls in a long run. Veteran Stevens appears to be taking the lead, but then the Gauff guys come along with it. She takes a high ball from Stevens in the jump and hits it with a force that overtakes her opponent. The match will be 5-2 for Gauff, who makes a striking appearance on Parisian clay courts in her green dress, hairband and purple sleeveless shirt. Gauff takes the first set with a powerful backhand. She wins the match by playing aggressive force.
nervous in New York
Last year, Coco Gauff was very nervous, in her first-ever match against Stevens, in the second round of the US Open in September. She was very excited to get it right, because the confrontation took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium, at an American meet. Goff looked at Stevens. She later admitted that this pressure had become too much for her in New York. But now she handled it well. It was as if Geoff, every time she had doubts or seemed a little nervous, had gone the extra mile. Only double mistakes at key moments showed what a daring talent on the inside must feel when she reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.
For an eighteen-year-old, Goff plays with remarkable intelligence. When Stevens starts shooting with a deadly forehand, Gough begins shooting higher balls with a backhand than her compatriot. Continue chasing balls over gravel at great speed. Also striking: she always looks in front of the ball. Her feet are improved.
Both players owe it to Venus and Serena Williams. The Tennis Sisters were role models for them. Gauff’s father went out of his way to arrange tickets to watch Serena or Venus Williams play live on a tennis court.
When Gough turned 10, she participated in the French Academy’s selection week Patrick Moratoglu – former coach of Serena Williams – for young players whose parents don’t have the money to support a career. She was chosen, but it was decided that she would be educated mainly in the United States, so that she could remain with her family. She defeated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon in 2019 at the age of fifteen and reached the third round of the US Open. Noise was born.
It takes a while for Gauff to really break through. She wouldn’t be in a Grand Slam final straight away as a teenager, which one might hope. At the beginning of this year, she disappointingly lost in the first round of the Australian Open to China’s Qiang Wang, then ranked 110th in the world. But Young Goff is doing well on the WTA tour this year and also earned her high school diploma last week. She was congratulated on Instagram by Michelle Obama, ex the first lady†
Gauff said this week that she has no regrets about the racket she threw at Roland Garros last year – in her eyes that belong to the youth. She said it’s okay to make mistakes and be vulnerable about it.
Gauff soon grew up as the great promise of American tennis. This week, she shared about how she handled her celebrity. She gave some autographs to little girls in Paris, and then they started screaming loudly, even after Goff was already gone. She was so moved that she confessed with tears in her eyes.
After her victory over Stevens, in an interview with former Swedish champion Mats Wellander, Gauff said at Court Philippe Chatrier that tennis is not the most important thing in her life. “It doesn’t matter what you achieve. It doesn’t make you the person you are. If you love yourself, who cares what other people think of you?”
Gauff will play the semi-finals of Roland Garros on Thursday against unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan (28).