In the quarter-finals of the French Open tennis tournament, Czech Barbora Krejcíková defeated 17-year-old American Coco Gauff 7: 6 6: 3, who at one point had a hard time not playing for her, so she destroyed her racket.
Coco Gauff is considered a future classic of the women’s tennis court in America. Still only 17 years old, most recently at such a young age, Venus Williams made it to the Grand Slam quarter-finals as an American woman back in 1997 at the US Open.
Plus, Gauff didn’t seem to end the road here, as he had a better chance on paper than Barbora Krejcíkova and started well, pulling in 3-0 in the first set. At 5: 3, he served for the game and also had a game ball, but eventually dropped his serve. At 6: 5 he had two chances to close the set, but he didn’t succeed either, and he also had two game balls in the tiebreak, but he also lost them, and Krejcíková took advantage of the first one.
Mentally, he was on the floor at the start of the second act, the Czech doubles (he has two Grand Slam victories in this genre) started 5: 0, winning 15 (!) Ball rounds in a row at one point. Although Gauff once again broke back, he couldn’t catch up any closer, Krejcíková pulled in his second game 6: 3 and made it to the semi-finals, though he needed six match balls for that. Getting to this point is the biggest success of his career in singles.
Gauff made seven double mistakes and, after one, led down the tension on his bat that he broke into a rip; it was his first such outburst as a pro.