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Coco Gauff smashes racquet as run at French Open comes to an end against Barbora Krejcikova

The 17-year-old was taking part in in her first grand slam quarterfinal, however trailing 4-0 within the second set, a annoyed Gauff smashed her racquet on the clay court docket after she double faulted.

Gauff ran her opponent shut within the opening set, with Krejcikova needing a dramatic tiebreak to acquire the higher hand within the match.

In the second set, the Czech participant ramped up the strain on her youthful opponent, profitable the primary 5 video games with out reply.

But the American confirmed expertise to belie her age, saving a number of match factors and profitable three straight video games to make issues nervy earlier than Krejcikova claimed the second set’s decisive ninth sport to attain the semifinals.

“I by no means imagined I’d be standing right here in the future,” the 25-year-old Krejcikova said on court docket after her victory.

“Already for me that is one thing I’ve by no means dreamed of. I used to be actually taking part in a terrific match and Coco is unimaginable — she is 17, it is superb.”

Krejcikova returns a forehand during match against Gauff.

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Both gamers had been taking part in of their first profession singles grand slam quarterfinals. By reaching the final eight, Gauff had grow to be the youngest girl to compete in a grand slam quarterfinal since 2006.

Despite her age, the 17-year-old Gauff did not look misplaced on the large stage on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The No. 24 seed held 3-0 and 5-3 leads within the opening set, however Krejcikova fought again, saving 5 match factors earlier than finally taking the 72-minute set.

Gauff returns the ball to Krejcikova.

That actually appeared to kick the world No. 33 into gear.

She seemed rather more snug within the second set, manipulating the ball at will, with Gauff struggling to acquire any momentum.

And main 5-0 within the second set and needing only one extra sport to attain her first singles grand slam semifinal, that seemed like a formality for Krejcikova with Gauff showing rattled.

Gauff reacts during her women's singles quarterfinal match against Krejcikova.

However, Gauff confirmed outstanding power and resilience to save a number of match factors to win three straight video games and counsel a beforehand unthinkable restoration may simply be doable.

But it was not to be and on Krejcikova’s sixth match level the Czech participant clinched the match after one hour and 50 minutes.

Krejcikova will face defending champion Iga Swiatek or Greece’s Maria Sakkari for a spot within the remaining at Roland Garros.

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