Coco Gauff wins against Paula Badosa and joins Qinwen Zheng in the quarterfinals in Rome

Not everything was easy this Monday for Coco Gauff, but the American star (20 years old) ended up winning against Paula Badosa (126th in the world), after 2h26 of a great battle (5-7, 6-4, 6-1 ). . After a worrying start to the match, she managed to reverse the trend and win the last two sets (5-7, 6-4, 6-1) to reach the Chinese Qinwen Zheng (7th in the world), also very young (21 years old). ), to the quarter-finals.

It will be a great challenge for Gauff, whose results have been mixed lately (semifinals at the Australian Open in January and Indian Wells in March, early eliminations in Miami, Stuttgart and Madrid). Mira, facing Zheng, surprising finalist at this year’s Australian Open, his first win against a top 10 player in 2024.

60th success in the WTA 1,000

And if this success was achieved in two halves, after a first set in which the American complained a lot and seemed abandoned in some points, in particular on serve where she accumulated double faults (11 in total), she also achieved everything her 60th WTA. 1,000 hits since her debut.

Which allows her, since the introduction of the format in 2009, to equal Caroline Wozniacki (60) for the most wins in the WTA 1,000 before turning 21 (Opta). Good news for her, ahead of Roland-Garros (26 May-9 June), where she was a finalist in 2022.

(tagToTranslate)Rémi Laxague

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