Cori Gauff has gone further than she has ever had at a major, reaching the French Open quarter final. She had relative ease in doing it against Tunisian Ons Jabeur in straight sets, never facing a break point. Coco burst onto the LIMELIGHT with a statement win over Venus Williams on grass but she is beginning to show that her strongest surface is CLAY. To transition into a clay court specialist she adopted the slower first serve and advancing timely to the net to finish off. Watch 2-0 first set Gauff leading 15-0. She misses the overhead smash but you get the general idea.
What should Ons have done to counter her strong net play? Keep her dancing to her tune with shots to the corner of her court keeping her deep on her baseline. She hardly did so the entire match. Watch first game second set break point to Coco 30-40. Gauff’s first serve was great serving 66% and winning over 80% when first serve was good. Quarter final opponent Krejcikova of the Czech Republic should be a difficult opponent for the American , she put away Sloane Stephens in straight sets in round 4 with a bagel in the last set to boot.