Coco Gauff into French Open semifinals with win over Sloane Stephens

Coco Gauff is into the French Open semifinals after beating countrywoman Sloane Stephens, arriving at the final four of a major in singles for the first time.

Gauff, an 18-year-old ranked No. 23, beat the 2017 U.S. Open champion Stephens 7-5, 6-2 to arrive at a Thursday semifinal against 59th-ranked Martina Trevisan of Italy.

Gauff, who hasn't dropped a set in five matches, proceeded with her movement at majors, 

from the 2019 Wimbledon fourth round at age 15 and the 2021 French Open quarterfinals at 17. 

She can turn into the most youthful Grand Slam singles finalist since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova at 2004 Wimbledon.

Gauff thought about that 2021 quarterfinal when she wasted five set points in the first set and was cleared by possible hero Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic.

Trevisan took out U.S. Open next in line Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3. Fernandez took a clinical break in the principal set and had her right foot wrapped.

Trevisan, a 28-year-old in her most memorable significant semi, beat Gauff in their solitary past no holds barred — 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the 2020 French Open.

She said: “I’m happy on the court. I’m doing what I love. So my past is the past, and it helped me to be in the present, to be what I am right now.”