Krejcikova reaches first Grand Slam semifinal at French Open

Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova waves after defeating United States's Coco Gauff during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Paris. Krejcikova won 7-6, 6-3. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)


PARIS: Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open today as she beat 17-year-old Coco Gauff 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

The 33rd-ranked Krejcikova saved five set points in the opening set and finished off Gauff, the 24th seed, on her sixth match point to set up a clash with reigning champion Iga Swiatek or Maria Sakkari for a spot in the final.

Krejcikova, who is also through to the last four of the women’s doubles with Katerina Siniakova, claimed her 10th successive win on the tour having arrived in Paris on the back of a maiden singles title in Strasbourg.