Four months after turning 15 in 2019, super talented American Cori Gauff qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon and reached the fourth round! Last year, Cori won three matches in Melbourne to appear in the fourth round, still at 16, earning ten Major victories so far from six tournaments played in her young career.
Starting the current season from just inside the top-50, Cori has already gained over 20 positions on the WTA list following the semi-final in Rome and her second WTA title in Parma. Gathering momentum, the 17-year-old has reached her first Major quarter-final at Roland Garros, two years after winning the junior title in Paris!
Gauff has beaten four rivals in straight sets to march into the last eight, earning a couple of age milestones, as always after she became a pro. At 17 years and two months, Gauff is the youngest Major quarter-finalist since Nicole Vaidisova in Paris 2006.
If we search for the American players, we have to go back to 1993 to find the younger competitor in the last eight at Roland Garros, when Jennifer Capriati played in the quarters at a similar age to Cori.
Cori Gauff is the youngest Major quarter-finalist since 2006.
Also, Gauff is the youngest American in a Major quarter-final since Venus Williams at the US Open 1997, sharing the court doubles court with the legend here in Paris.
In the first round, Cori battled past a qualifier Aleksandra Krunic 7-6, 6-4 after two hours and seven minutes, prevailing in the crucial moments for a winning start. In the second round, the American ousted Qiang Wang 6-3, 7-6 in just over an hour and a half to find herself in the last 32.
On another easy day at the office, Cori spent just over 20 minutes on the court against the fellow American Jennifer Brady, who retired after losing the opener 6-1 to send the youngster into the last 16. Battling for a place in the quarters, the young gun toppled Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1 in swift 53 minutes, playing her best match of the tournament so far.
Cori dropped only nine points in her games and converted four out of 11 break chances to control the scoreboard and march into the quarters, where she plays against Barbora Krejcikova.