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French Open: Krejcikova swats aside Stephens, to face Gauff in quarter-final

Barbora Krejcikova triumphed 6-2, 6-0 over former finalist Sloane Stephens on Monday and will face 17-year-old Coco Gauff for a place in the Roland Garros semi-finals.

By: Reuters | Paris |
Updated: June 8, 2021 2:58:21 pm
Barbora Krejcikova celebrates winning her French Open fourth round match. (Reuters)

Big-hitting Czech Barbora Krejcikova powered past former finalist Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-2, 6-0 in their matchup of unseeded players to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open on Monday.

The 25-year-old Krejcikova broke the American’s serve twice in the opening set and then wiped her out in the second.

Former world number three Stephens, who reached the final in Paris in 2018, did not have any answer to Krejcikova’s powerful but effortless play in their first meeting and did not help her cause by committing 26 unforced errors.

Krejcikova, who won the 2018 doubles title at Roland Garros with Katerina Siniakov, has been unbeaten since a maiden title-winning run in Strasbourg ahead of the French Open and dominated the 2017 U.S. Open winner from the start on a sun-bathed Suzanne Lenglen court.

The Czech converted her second matchpoint with a forehand winner, her 10th of the match, and will face American Coco Gauff for a place in the semi-finals.

Gauff dominates Jabeur to reach last eight

American teenager Coco Gauff reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final with a crushing 6-3 6-1 defeat of Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday.

The 17-year-old capitalised on a nervous start by Jabeur and never let her opponent off the hook in a clinical display.

Jabeur, like Gauff a former junior French Open champion, tried to mix things up with her trademark drop shots but nothing could disrupt Gauff’s flow.

Gauff wrapped up the win in less than an hour on her fourth match point and is yet to drop a set in the tournament.

She will face Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who swept Sloane Stephens aside 6-2 6-0, for a place in the semis.

Sakkari knocks out Kenin to reach maiden major quarter-final

Greek Maria Sakkari bundled out American fourth seed Sofia Kenin, the highest remaining women’s seed, from the French Open on Monday with a 6-1 6-3 thrashing to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final.

A wasteful Kenin, who reached last year’s final at Roland Garros, managed to hold just two service games and cut a frustrated figure on the Suzanne Lenglen court, constantly muttering to herself but unable to solve her problems.

Kenin, who played with taping on her left inner thigh, committed nine double faults and made 32 unforced errors in the contest – the last of them when she sent a shot long on the second match point.

Sakkari, the 17th seed, had lost both her previous matches in majors against the 2020 Australian Open winner, and will meet either Polish defending champion Iga Swiatek or unseeded world No.81 Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine for a place in the semi-finals.

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