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French Open: Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari, Coco Gauff and Barbora Krejcikova all seal quarter-final spots | Tennis Information

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Poland’s Iga Swiatek stays on the right track to efficiently defend her Roland Garros title; she is now probably the most skilled participant left within the girls’s discipline; there have been additionally wins for Maria Sakkari, teenager Coco Gauff and Czech Barbora Krejcikova

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Iga Swiatek stayed on monitor for a profitable defence of her French Open title

Iga Swiatek stayed on monitor for a profitable defence of her French Open title as she arrange a quarter-final showdown with Maria Sakkari, whereas Coco Gauff grew to become the youngest lady to achieve the final eight of a Grand Slam since 2006.

Per week after her twentieth birthday, Swiatek is within the sudden place of being probably the most skilled participant within the discipline by way of main success having gained her maiden title right here final yr.

The Pole’s 6-3 6-4 victory over 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk prolonged her profitable run at Roland Garros to 11 straight matches and 22 units – not fairly Rafael Nadal territory however supremely spectacular for such a younger participant.

Swiatek is not only the one participant left within the girls’s draw who has gained a Slam title however the one one who has gone past the quarter-finals, so it’s no shock she is a heavy favorite.

The eighth seed mentioned: “Her defence was loopy so I needed to end her just a few occasions. I am not Rafa however my approaches are additionally fairly laborious however she was getting in all places so massive bravo to her as a result of the longer term’s forward of her. Hopefully there will be many extra conferences like that.

“I am fairly completely happy that I am each in doubles and singles within the quarter-finals as a result of it is a massive achievement. I gained final yr however nonetheless being within the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam is not an on a regular basis factor so I am actually proud that I am doing good.”

Fourth seed Sofia Kenin grew to become the most recent massive title to exit of the ladies’s draw, dropping 6-1 6-3 to Greek star Sakkari.

Kenin, the overwhelmed finalist final yr, was the very best seed left within the event and had discovered some type in Paris after a tough season.

However this was not an excellent day for the American, who served 9 double faults and couldn’t match the consistency of Sakkari, who made it by means of to a Grand Slam quarter-final for the primary time.

Coco Gauff is a former junior French Open champion and now she is a Grand Slam quarter-finalist

Coco Gauff is a former junior French Open champion and now she is a Grand Slam quarter-finalist

Teenager Gauff broke new floor by reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

At 17 years and 86 days outdated, Gauff is the youngest lady to achieve the final eight of a Slam within the singles since Nicole Vaidisova, who was 17 years and 44 days outdated when she performed within the French Open quarter-finals in 2006.

Gauff brought on a sensation when she made the fourth spherical at Wimbledon two years in the past and repeated the feat on the Australian Open in 2020.

Now she has gone one higher and, if her type in a 6-3 6-1 victory over Ons Jabeur is something to go by, she is a official contender for the title.

Gauff has been in wonderful type on the European clay, profitable a title in Parma and rising to a career-high rating of 25 on the earth.

“I am tremendous completely happy that I will attain my first quarter-final,” Gauff mentioned in her on-court interview as she grew to become the youngest American to achieve a significant quarter-final since Venus Williams on the 1997 US Open. “I performed rather well in the present day so I am completely happy about that.”

“Parma gave me a number of confidence, particularly on the clay – my first title on clay – so coming right here it gave me a number of confidence and taught me loads about easy methods to shut matches and cope with the strain on vital factors.”

American Gauff, who gained the junior title at Roland Garros three years in the past, is but to drop a set in singles.

Barbora Krejcikova powered past former French Open finalist Sloane Stephens in a clash of unseeded players

Barbora Krejcikova powered previous former French Open finalist Sloane Stephens in a conflict of unseeded gamers

Gauff will play Czech Barbora Krejcikova after she reached the quarter-final with a dominant 6-2 6-0 victory over former finalist Sloane Stephens.

Krejcikova is healthier generally known as a doubles participant however she has been climbing the singles ladder and is now on a nine-match profitable run after claiming a WTA title in Strasbourg.

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