First set: Gauff 4-3 Krejcikova * (* indicates the next server) Only when the camera focuses on Gauff’s face do we remember how young he is. She has to show a bit of maturity here, having lost the last three games. Three double faults in the game don’t help her here in this game, and a couple of errant pitches just might betray her own nerves. But a clever serve has Krejcikova almost hurtling into the stands and Gauff holds on to break the streak of games in her favor. We are in service.
First set: Gauff * 3-3 Krejcikova (* indicates the next server) A breaking point down Krejcikova throws her first ace on the T to ease the pressure a bit before a second ace establishes a game point. Krejcikova throws a heavy ball, Gauff can’t recover and suddenly we’re all square!
First set: Gauff 3-2 * Krejcikova (* indicates the next server) Okay, okay, it looks like we have a ball game. Once again, Gauff shows signs of her power and precision at some points, but Krejcikova is growing in this match. His baseline shots are getting deeper and fiercer and now it looks like he’s having fun. Gauff hits long and we are a break each at 3-2!
First set: Gauff * 3-1 Krejcikova (* indicates the next server) Krejcikova takes the board with her first game and smiles her first smile of the day. It seems like the weight of the world has been lifted from her shoulders now that she knows they won’t bite her. A true battle control that, because between a few careless mistakes, Gauff made a display of fabulous shots, from backhand winners to a skilled volley at the net, to a wonderful defense struggling to cover the baseline.
Welcome to the live blog of Wednesday’s French Open. Coco Gauff starts in Philippe-Chatrier against Barbora Krejcikova. At 17, she’s the youngest Grand Slam quarter-finalist in 15 years, but you can’t help but feel like this is just another small milestone in what is sure to be a remarkable career.
However, both players will be nervous. Non-seeded Krejcikova beat Sloane Stephens to reach this stage, but later admitted that she barely entered the court in the fourth round due to nerves. She is traditionally a doubles player, but this is her first time reaching the quarter-finals of a grand slam.
“You know, half an hour before the game, I didn’t even want to step on the pitch, because I felt really bad, and I had to lock myself in the physio room and I had to talk to my psychologist. He was actually crying. We talked about it a lot and she told me, ‘If you can get over this, what you feel right now, it will be a great victory, and it doesn’t matter if you’re going to win on the court or on the court. lose on the court, because it will be a personal victory. ‘ I think after the first point things got a little better, a little easier. Then I broke it. I felt like yeah, you know, I can play, I can actually play it. So I think I was more stressed because I’m not going to be good enough. I think that’s what happened. “
We joined the match with Gauff a 3-0 break in the first set. After a double fault at the first point of the match, Gauff has certainly come out of the traps with more authority. Perhaps with the previous comments, that is not surprising. But maybe Krejcikova will take her time to become a couple.
Wednesday order of play
- Coco Gauff in Barbora Krejcíkova
- Maria Sakkari v Iga Swiatek
Not before 3pm BST
- Diego Schwartzman v Rafael Nadal
Not before 8 pm
- Novak Djokovic in Matteo Berrettini
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