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Coco Gauff’s candid message for RG crowd after they rooted for Ons Jabeur to beat her

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Coco Gauff had nothing however love for the French Open crowd regardless of not having their assist towards Ons Jabeur because the American tennis star stated she loved being part of a really dwell and energetic environment. 

After safely cruising previous her opening 4 matches at Roland Garros with straight-set wins, Gauff dropped her first set of the match towards Jabeur within the French Open quarterfinal. 

En path to successful the primary set with a 6-4 scoreline, Jabeur just about managed every part on the court docket because the Tunisian created 5 break factors and transformed one all whereas not dealing with a single break level on her serve. And the gang was having fun with it and so they had been overtly on Jabeur’s facet.

All through the match, the French Open crowd continued cheering and supporting Jabeur however Gauff had a solution as she improved her stage and went on to assert a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win and progress into her second French Open semifinal. 

“Yeah, she’s (Jabeur) a troublesome opponent. She’s well-loved on tour. I might inform by the gang right this moment, you guys wished her to win, however truthfully when she’s taking part in her I cheer for her,” Gauff stated.

“Thanks for making it a superb environment. The folks made it actually enjoyable for me. I like taking part in in environments like this. Despite the fact that you guys had been for Ons, I had a whole lot of enjoyable. Even after I misplaced the primary set and so they had been chanting. After I was within the toilet I used to be identical to ‘that is actually enjoyable, win or lose.'”

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff © Getty Pictures Sport – Clive Brunskill

 

Gauff says she enters the Iga Swiatek match ‘assured’

Earlier than the match began, No. 3 seed Gauff and top-seeded Swiatek had been projected to satisfy within the French Open semifinal. And on Thursday, there will likely be a rematch of the 2022 French Open ultimate between Gauff and Swiatek. 

Whereas Gauff has been among the best within the sport for fairly a while now, it’s well-documented that she has had a really tough time versus Swiatek, shedding 10 of their 11 conferences. 

After shedding to Swiatek of their first seven conferences, Gauff managed to lastly beat the Pole in Cincinnati final yr when she earned a 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-4 win within the semifinal. However since then, Swiatek has returned to dominating their conferences as she defeated the American in Beijing and the WTA Finals in late 2023 earlier than clinching one other win at this previous Rome Open.

Gauff possibly does not have the very best head-to-head versus Swiatek however insists she nonetheless enters their French Open match feeling assured.

“I am simply getting into it with confidence. After I performed her in Cincinnati, I didn’t go into the match considering, ‘Oh I’ve by no means overwhelmed her earlier than, by no means taken a set off of her,'” Gauff stated of dealing with Swiatek.

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“I am unable to take into consideration previous gamers, you recognize, Potapova isn’t me, I’m not Vondrousova, possibly I might lose with the identical rating, possibly not. I am simply gonna go in and simply attempt to win. I’ve nothing to lose, all of the strain’s on her.”

Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek
Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek © Getty Pictures Sport – Fred Lee

 

Gauff vows to alter one thing in comparison with a Rome assembly versus Swiatek

A couple of weeks in the past, Gauff began her Rome semifinal with an early break versus Swiatek however the Pole shortly responded and claimed a 6-4 6-3 win. In Paris, Gauff will attempt to do some issues in another way and see if it will probably land her her first win over Swiatek on clay. 

“I’ve to discover a higher solution to play her than the final time I performed on clay as a result of I’ve clearly been unsuccessful the final couple of occasions we performed,” Gauff famous.

“She’s positively a troublesome opponent for me and for anyone however yeah, I’ll simply have to return and watch and attempt to discover what I’ve to do. However I’m going to enter the match with a whole lot of perception that I can.”

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff © Getty Pictures Sport – Dan Istitene

 

On the opposite facet, four-time Grand Slam champion Swiatek acknowledged that Gauff “will not be a straightforward opponent” within the French Open semifinal and that the American has a really difficult clay sport.

“Truthfully as the identical as earlier than every other match. You do not need to change your routines, you recognize, it is good to simply hold going and never take into consideration this match as one thing enormous however simply one other match,” Swiatek stated earlier than the Gauff match.

“To not put an excessive amount of baggage in your shoulders, however I suppose Coco just isn’t straightforward. So she actually likes taking part in on clay and particularly right here, I feel so. I will simply concentrate on myself and I will put together tactically and we’ll see.”

It stays to be seen if Gauff can upset Swiatek and make her third Grand Slam ultimate.

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