Coco Gauff will face the world number one Iga Swiatek for the French Open title, after the teenager reached her first Grand Slam final on Thursday with a straight-set win over Martina Trevisan. The 18-year-old American took a 6-3, 6-1 victory in a nervous game that saw both players face a major semifinal for the first time. Gauff is the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004. “I think I’m in a bit of shock right now,” Gauff said. I didn’t know how to react after the game. I am lost for words.”
The players made 37 unforced errors in a poor first set before Gauff stepped up her game in the second.
The 18th seed will be a heavy underdog against Swiatek, who has a 34-game winning streak, in Saturday’s showpiece.
But she will have nothing to lose as she prays to become the youngest Slam winner since Sharapova stunned Serena Williams in London 18 years ago.
“I’m just going to go into it like another game,” Gauff added.
“Yes, it’s a Grand Slam final, but there’s so much going on in the world right now, especially in the US, so I don’t think it’s worth worrying about it.”
The unseeded Italian Trevisan saw her fine tournament and 10-game unbeaten run end on a whim, as she served four double faults and committed 36 unforced errors.
Gauff got off to a quick start and broke in the third game for an early advantage.
However, she was taken aback after failing the umpire to reverse a controversial line call as errors flew from both players’ rackets.
But Gauff was able to take the set with a run of three consecutive games.
Trevisan was broken four times in a row and won just three points in those games when her serve was cut short.
The world’s number 59 took a medical timeout for the second set to brace her thigh, but Gauff took full control of the match when she won a 14-minute match with a backhand winner for a 3-1 head Start.
She went on to secure one last berth in style, breaking again before clinging to love.
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