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At the French Open, Coco Gauff was able to drown out the din and reach her first grand slam final.
The American teenager, who made her Wimbledon debut in the fourth round as a 15-year-old in 2019, defeated Martina Trevisan of Italy 6-3 6-1.
Gauff, now 18, delivered a maturing performance and will face first seed Iga Swiatek, 20, in the final.
“Right now, I’m a little stunned,” Gauff admitted.
“I played Martina two years ago and lost, so I know how difficult she is to play, especially on clay,” says the player.
As she walked off the court, Gauff scrawled ‘peace, end gun violence now’ on the camera lens, echoing her measured, mature, and at times inspirational reaction to being interviewed during the tournament.
“I’m in the mindset of being joyful anyway,” she continued. Yes, it’s the Grand Slam final, but there’s a lot going on in the world, particularly in the United States. I believe that worrying about a tennis match is unnecessary.”
Trevisan’s unique post-shot cries appeared to be Gauff’s largest stumbling block, as she protested to chair umpire Marijana Veljovic in only the second game, saying “while I’m hitting it she’s still screaming.”
It had little effect on the noise on the opposite side of the net, but it didn’t bother Gauff, nor did the whistling from the Paris audience when she protested a line call.
Gauff’s triumph, which was based on her speed and power combined with a misfiring Trevisan serve and a total of 36 unforced errors, means a high-calibre final has emerged from the ruins of a women’s tournament that saw nine of the top ten seeds eliminated before the end of the first week.
On Saturday afternoon, Swiatek, the seemingly unstoppable world number one, awaits in a match that promises to be exciting.