Coco Goff reached the semifinals of his first Grand Slam at the French Open on Tuesday when he defeated fellow American Sullivan Stephens. Goff, aged 18 and 23rd in the world, won 7-5, 6-2. He will face 59th-ranked Martina Travison of Italy in Saturday’s championship match. Victory avenged his defeat to Stephens at the US Open and helped erase the memory of last year’s quarter-final defeat to last-time champion Barbora Krejkikova in Paris.
“I feel very happy,” Gaff said. “Last year was a tough loss for me but I’m sure this match made me stronger.
“The last time I played Slovenia I lost. Today was different. I was mentally strong because he is the kind of player who can take shots that others can’t.”
On Tuesday, Goff took a 3-0 lead in the second game of the match before 2018 runner-up Stephens equalized with a break and held it 5-5.
However, a clear, precise hitting gave Gough a chance to dominate the 12th game to capture the opener.
Stephens was playing in his first slam quarter-final in three years, and Goff traded a break at the start of the second set, before the youngster went 3-1 up again.
Goff was held to a 5-1, 5-2 break before Stephens left the service for the fourth time in the set to give his compatriots the victory.
Goff was the junior champion at Roland Garros in 2018 and then at just 15 years old she became the youngest woman to qualify for Wimbledon.
Her profile was shaken when she went to the fourth round at the All England Club, knocking out Venus Williams along the way.
Living in the French capital, Goff graduated from high school, celebrating the occasion with a family photo on Instagram in front of the Eiffel Tower.
“Getting my diploma meant a lot to me,” he said Tuesday.
“A lot of players think tennis is the most important thing and that’s not the case.”
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