07/06/2022
Gauff celebrated her GCSE shortly before the French Open, reaching the semi-finals
events: May 22 – June 5 place: Roland Garros, Paris
Coverage: Live transcript and radio commentary for selected matches on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and app

American teen Coco Gauff said her recent high school graduation was more difficult than reaching the French Open semi-finals for the first time.

The 18-year-old reached the round of four at Roland Garros with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over compatriot Sloane Stephens.

Gauff combined her studies with competing on the WTA Tour, graduating before the tournament began.

She said: Was the closure more severe? Yes, because I know how hard it is to go to school and play tennis on the road.”

Gauff, who made her WTA debut at the age of 14, added: “Other players usually keep a low profile in life and we think tennis is the most important thing in the world. That’s not it.”

“So my high school diploma meant a lot to me.”

Gauff won the junior title at the French Open in 2018 – the same year that Stephens finished second to Simona Halep in the women’s singles final.

Stevens, 29, smashed at the end of a tight first set and then took the lead of the second to set up a semi-final against Martina Trevisan.

“My past is the past” – Trevisan

Martina Trevisan now meets Coco Gauff in the French Open semi-finals

Trevisan, 28, reached the last four for the first time at Roland Garros after beating Leila Fernandez 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3.

The Italian, ranked No. 59 in the world and named after Martina Navratilova, has spent four years without tennis battling an eating disorder.

In a 2020 blog, she explained how she “had to re-educate her to eat” after “concarrying me in a cocoon” when her father was diagnosed with a degenerative disease.

“I’m happy on the court,” she said after Tuesday’s win. “I do what I love. So my past is the past and being in the present helped me be who I am now.”

Trevisan made a confident start against Fernandes – the 19-year-old who reached the 2021 US Open final – who was struggling with a foot injury.

Fernandez, seeded 17, held a match point in the second set and easily won the tiebreak only for Trevisan to regain her composure in the decider.

The world number 59 found momentum after winning her first WTA title in Rabat in the week leading up to the French Open.