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French Open: Gauff advances to first Grand Slam semis


June 01, 2022

The GIST: After a wild week and a half in Paris (even by Emily’s standards), the women’s and men’s French Open semis are nearly set. Time flies when you’re watching the best of the best.

Women’s: Recent high school grad and world No. 23 Coco Gauff’s whirlwind week continued yesterday as the 18-year-old American topped countrywoman Sloane Stephens in straight sets to advance to her first-ever semis appearance at a Grand Slam. Incroyable.

  • Gauff will face Italy’s Martina Trevisan, who continued her Cinderella tour de force with yesterday’s back-and-forth win over the world No. 18, Canada’s Leylah Fernandez.
  • Elsewhere, No. 1 Iga Świątek’s 32-match win streak is currently being tested in her quarter-final battle with No. 11 Jessica Pegula.

Men’s: Sorry to the rest of men’s tourney, but it’ll be tough to beat the drama of yesterday’s quarter-final clash between No. 5 Rafael Nadal and reigning French Open champ, No. 1 Novak Djokovic, which Nadal won in four stunning sets to advance to his record-extending 15th semi at Roland-Garros.

  • The “King of Clay” and men’s major record-holder will face Germany’s No. 3 Alexander Zverev, who ended No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz’s teenage dreams in the quarters yesterday, while the other half of the semis will be decided today.