French Open 2021: Coco Gauff, 17, advances to first Grand Slam quarterfinal

French Open 2021: Coco Gauff, 17, advances to first Grand Slam quarterfinal

June 7, 2021

The fourth round of the 2021 French Open continued on Monday with spots in the quarterfinal on the line. Young American star Coco Gauff started the day with another notable achievement while on the men's side, Novak Djokovic looked to defend his top seed. 

Follow along below for updates on the fourth round of French Open action. 

Coco Gauff reaches first Grand Slam quarterfinal

Coco Gauff, the 17-year-old American who broke out at Wimbledon in 2019, is into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal after defeating Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1 in a quick 53 minutes. The two are both former junior Roland Garros champions. 

She is the youngest American to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Venus Williams did it at the 1997 U.S. Open. Williams reached the final, where she lost to world No. 1 Martina Hingis. Gauff is the youngest to reach a Grand Slam quarter since 2006. 

Sneaky 😉#RolandGarros |

— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 7, 2021

Gauff, seeded No. 24, will meet unseeded Barbora Krejcikova, ranked No. 33 in tihe world, in the quarterfinals. 

The teenager soared into her first quarterfinal with ease and did not face a break point in the match. She also didn't record a double fault, a notable feat given her difficulties serving in recent matches. Gauff lost only nine points on her serve through the entire match. She is now 16-3 (.840) on clay in her young career. 

Krejcikova advanced with a strong 6-2, 6-0 win against American Sloane Stephens, the 2018 French Open runner-up. Krejcikova is a former No. 1 in doubles and won two Grand Slam titles with Katerina Siniakova. The duo play in the doubles quarterfinals on Tuesday. 

Dylan Alcott wins third straight quad wheelchair singles title

The title remains with Dylan Alcott. 

Alcott won his third consecutive French Open title in men's quad wheelchair singles on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-2 win against the 21-year-old Sam Schroder.

Title Town 🏆

🇦🇺@DylanAlcott picks up his third straight quad wheelchair singles crown in Paris with a 6-4, 6-2 win over 🇳🇱Sam Schroder.

— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 7, 2021

It's the 13th Grand Slam title for the 30-year-old Australian. Alcott thanked his team, his family and his girlfriend and sent good wishes to those back in Melbourne on COVID-19 lockdown orders. He made a reference to the future. 

"I don't know how many more I have got left in me," Alcott said, via ABC News Australia. 

Alcott is a giant in tennis and is the only man to Grand Slam in a calendar year in the men's doubles quad wheelchair event. He has seven consecutive wins and counting at the Australian Open in singles, two total at the U.S. Open and one at Wimbledon in 2019. 

He was outspoken last summer when the U.S. Open attempted to hold its Grand Slam without wheelchair events during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He called it "disgusting discrimination" when it was announced. The organizers restored the standard competition in what Alcott said was a "massive sign of progress."

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