Coco Gauff understands the requirements for a deep run on Roland Garros’ pink clay. Gauff beat Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1 in a battle of past French Open ladies’ champions, advancing to her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal in just her sixth prominent draw appearance at Roland Garros 2021.
When it comes to Roland Garro’s title challengers, Gauff names Carlos Alcaraz, a fellow 18-year-old, as “my favorite to win Roland Garros.” Gauff praises Miami Open and Barcelona winner Alcaraz as “a terrific tennis player” and one of her favorites to watch in a recent interview with AS.com’s Jaime Davila.
Pegula survived a matching tie by beating Camila Giorgi 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 in singles, then teamed up with Gauff in doubles to defeat Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka 6-1, 6-4.
Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula
Coco Gauff and his partner Jessica Pegula started a lucrative doubles match in Madrid right away.
“Carlos is a fantastic tennis player, and I like watching him play,” Gauff said to AS.com. “We played together in a few tournaments when we were both young. I had previously competed on the professional circuit, and I had done well in my initial events. He’s now on the guys’ rotation, and he’s doing rather well.
“[Carlos] is someone I want to learn from since he is my age, and I feel that even males have a harder time attaining excellent results when they are so young.” It’s more common to see young women achieve early success. On the other hand, Carlos has the potential to go far, and I am always willing to assist him. Roland Garros.”
Gauff, who honed her web skills in doubles and used that ferocity in singles. Said she hopes to continue playing both and reveals her secret to doubles success: she doesn’t follow or stress doubles.
“I believe I am capable of mixing it.” I don’t do much doubles practice,” Gauff said. “People assume I practice a lot because I’m good at it. And it’s not like that; sometimes, I do something the day before a match.
“However, I focus on getting ready for singles, which is my priority.” I like playing doubles, and the wins are flowing in, but I don’t put in a lot of effort.”