French Open 2022: Gauff, Stephens set up all-American quarters; Fernandez to take on Trevisan

Gauff will play fellow countrywoman Sloane Stephens in a major for the second time in a year.

Coco Gauff in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/WTA)

Coco Gauff is back in the French Open quarterfinals. With a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Elise Mertens, Gauff is back in the top eight after reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in Paris 12 months ago. Gauff will play fellow countrywoman Sloane Stephens in a major for the second time in a year. In a fourth-round match at Roland Garros. No.17 seed Leylah Fernandez defeated No. 27 Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Fernandez has advanced to the quarterfinals of her second Grand Slam tournament. Martina Trevisan, who beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(10), 7-5 in 1 hour and 59 minutes to extend her winning streak to nine matches, will be the next opponent for the US Open finalist.

Gauff ousts Elise Merterns

Gauff, the No.18 seed, trailed by a break twice in the opening set to Mertens, the No.31 seed, but won the final eight games of the match. Gauff wore Mertens down with world-class defence over the course of 82 minutes, winning 51 of the 75 total points of more than five shots in the match. Mertens, who was injured for all of the clay-court season leading up to the French Open, made 25 unforced errors and only 15 winners. Gauff, on the other hand, hit 19 winners against 17 unforced errors. She also broke Mertens six times, winning 17 of the 20 points she faced at the net.

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Leylah Fernandez downs Amanda Anisimova

Leylah Fernandez of Canada defeated Amanda Anisimova of the United States 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday to go to the quarterfinals. Fernandez, the 2019 junior champion, got off to a fast start, commanding play with whipping backhand winners and deft netplay to go up 4-0. As Anisimova’s game steadied, though, double faults began to seep into her play. Although it was too late to turn the first set around, Fernandez dropping service twice before serving it out on five set points signalled that the momentum had shifted.

Trevisan knocks out Sasnovich

Trevisan had a nine-match winning streak after winning her maiden WTA championship in Rabat the week before the French Open. Eight of those triumphs were by a score of 8-0. On Sunday, the 59th-ranked player won the last four games to defeat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (10), 7-5. At 5-3 in the second set, Sasnovich served but was broken at love, part of a sequence in which Trevisan grabbed 13 of 15 points.

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