Coco Gauff tops Dayana Yastremska to reach French Open 4th round

ByABC News
May 31, 2024, 8:29 AM

PARIS -- American Coco Gauff, the No. 3 seed, showed some second-set resilience in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska on Friday to advance to the French Open fourth round and move a step closer to ending a three-year clay-court drought.

The US Open winner, who reached the final in Paris in 2022 and last won a title on the surface in 2021, was in solid form in the first set against surprise Australian Open semifinalist Yastremska before struggling briefly in the second.

"I played her in Madrid, and she plays really well from behind," Gauff said. "I knew closing the match would be difficult. I definitely could have closed it out on my serve [in the previous game].

"The last game, she hit three or four balls on the edge of the line. ... It was difficult to stay focused and not get too mad. But I'm glad I was able to push through."

Gauff will next face Italy's world No. 51 Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

Yastremska, the Ukrainian world No. 32 who is racing up the rankings after her career was derailed by a provisional doping ban in 2021, which was later lifted, was inconsistent with her big-hitting game and her serve and sent a backhand wide to give Gauff an early break.

Gauff then cruised through the set courtesy of another break as Yastremska's unforced errors piled up.

She did break Gauff repeatedly in the second set, threatening to make a game of it, with the American struggling with her first serve.

Just as Yastremska seemed to have found her range and a way back into the match, Gauff, who had a match point at 5-2, held firm despite double-faulting in consecutive service games to clinch the win.