The clash of the Roland-Garros quarter-finals between Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff could well take place. The 19-year-old American has in any case fulfilled her part of the contract: she dominated Monday in two sets (7-5, 6-2) the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 100th in the world and will play her third quarter-final in a row. Porte d’Auteuil.
The 6th in the world, again coached by Patrick Mouratoglou since the Rome tournament, started her match perfectly, quickly leading 5-2 thanks to a very high percentage of points behind her first ball (83%), some powerful returns on second ball opponent (an aspect worked on with the French coach) and well-felt cushioning. Less powerful than Gauff, Schmiedlova (28), who remained on three expeditious victories against the seeded number 11 Veronika Kudermetova (6-3, 6-1), Aliona Bolsova (6-3, 6-4) and Kayla Day (6-1, 6-3), took advantage of the gifts from the American to pick up at 5-5. But the Slovak, 26th in the world in 2015, ed and Gauff won the first round with a long backhand winner.
Solid without being impressive
Without necessarily being convincing (17 unforced errors in forehand in total), the American managed to break her opponent from the start in the second set. But she again let Schmiedlova come back to her height and successfully lead 2-1. Jostled the next game, Gauff picked up on a superb cushioning. Her dad, Corey, stood up, clapping his hands hard, as if sensing it was time for his daughter to step up. What she did, taking advantage of Schmiedlova’s drop in diet.
Coco Gauff had not chained four victories in a row since the beginning of January and the Auckland tournament, which she had won.
As in the first set, Gauff found herself with a double break lead. But this time, she saved two break points before folding the case in just over 1:30 on two winning services. It deserved a “I like to play in Paris” to the public at the Philippe-Chatrier court.