Coco Gauff clinched the fourth and closing U.S. Olympic girls’s singles spot and, ought to she wish to go to Tokyo, is about to grow to be the youngest Olympic tennis participant since 2000.
Gauff, 17, certified after countrywoman Sloane Stephens misplaced within the fourth spherical of the French Open on Monday.
Later Monday, Gauff gained her personal French Open fourth-round match — 6-3, 6-1 over Tunisian Ons Jabeur — to succeed in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Gauff, who at Roland Garros grew to become the youngest Grand Slam singles seed since Czech Nicole Vaidisova in 2006, is now the youngest Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Vaidisova in 2006.
“This has been probably the most constant tennis I’ve performed at this stage,” mentioned Gauff, who broke out at age 15 by reaching the Wimbledon fourth spherical in 2019, then made the 2020 Australian Open fourth spherical, beating Naomi Osaka. “Hopefully I can preserve that going.”
Gauff is considered one of a report six first-time Grand Slam girls’s quarterfinalists within the draw. She will get Thirty third-ranked Czech Barbora Krejčíková subsequent.
Novak Djokovic rallied from a two-set deficit to win for the fifth time in his profession. He beat 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti of Italy, who retired with an damage two video games from defeat within the fourth spherical.
Musetti took a medical timeout after the fourth set, briefly left the courtroom, and conceded after shedding the subsequent 4 video games. The rating was 6-7 (7), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0. Djokovic misplaced solely 10 factors within the third set and 4 within the fourth, and gained the ultimate 13 video games.
Seeded No. 1, Djokovic remained in competition for his second French Open title, and his nineteenth at a Grand Slam. He improved to 34-10 in five-setters.
The Serb superior to the Roland Garros quarterfinals for the fifteenth time. He’ll subsequent play one other Italian, No. 9-seeded Matteo Berrettini, who superior when Roger Federer withdrew.
Gauff was far behind in Olympic qualifying when the Tokyo Video games have been postponed in March 2020, however she’s been constantly sturdy this yr, particularly within the clay season. Gauff overtook Madison Keys, Alison Riske and Jessica Pegula in current weeks to assert the fourth Olympic spot.
Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams and Jennifer Brady beforehand clinched the primary three U.S. spots. Kenin and Brady confirmed this spring that they plan to play in Tokyo. Williams mentioned final month that she hadn’t determined whether or not she’s going to play.
If Williams declines, both Pegula or Riske will likely be subsequent in line, relying on how far Riske goes in a grass-court match this week.
The U.S. Tennis Affiliation can add as much as two extra girls who can play doubles and combined doubles in Rio.
The U.S.’ highest-ranked doubles gamers are Nicole Melichar (ninth on the planet) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (No. 16). Venus Williams, probably the most adorned Olympic tennis participant in historical past with 5 medals and 4 golds, is also a candidate.
Gauff is about to grow to be the youngest Olympic tennis participant since 2000, when Mario Ancic competed at 16 and Jelena Dokic at 17, in line with Olympedia.org. She can be the second-youngest U.S. Olympic tennis participant ever after 16-year-old Jennfier Capriati, who took gold on the 1992 Barcelona Video games.
Gauff mentioned in Might she’s happy with the progress made since her breakout Wimbledon run almost two years in the past. Earlier than that match, she was the Thirty seventh-highest-ranked American simply beginning on a senior-level profession.
“Throughout that point folks have been saying, it’s a fluke, it can by no means occur once more,” Gauff mentioned in Might. “I believe I’ve proved all these folks fallacious. I’m going to proceed to show them fallacious.”
Later Monday, defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 to succeed in the quarterfinals and lengthen his streak of units gained at Roland Garros to 35.
The 18th-seeded Sinner had an opportunity to grow to be the primary participant since Dominic Thiem within the 2019 closing to take a set off Nadal in Paris.
However when serving for the primary set at 5-4, the Italian was damaged at love. He then misplaced the subsequent six video games to path 4-0 within the second set.
Nadal gained the subsequent two units to clinch his twelfth title right here, gained all 21 units final yr as he added No. 13 and has but to drop a set this yr.
The third-seeded Spaniard faces No. 10 Diego Schwartzman within the quarterfinals, having overwhelmed the Argentine within the semifinals final yr.
Sofia Kenin misplaced within the fourth spherical to Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-1, 6-3.
At No. 4, Kenin was the highest-seeded participant left within the match. She was the runner-up at Roland Garros final October, and was searching for her second main title.
Sakkari, seeded seventeenth, superior to her first profession Grand Slam quarterfinal and earned her sixth win in opposition to a top-20 participant this yr.
Kenin misplaced serve six instances and had 32 unforced errors to fifteen for the regular Sakkari.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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