Roland-Garros: Trevisan and Gauff, two novices in semi-finals

Roland-Garros will feature at least one new finalist.

Roland-Garros: Trevisan and Gauff, two novices in semi-finals

Roland-Garros will feature at least one new finalist. Cori Gauff (18 years old) qualified for Tuesday's Grand Slam semi-final where she will be facing Martina Trevisan, an Italian novice at this level.

Sloane Stephens was defeated 7-5 by the American, who was the youngest competitor in the tournament.

Gauff had reached the quarterfinals in Paris last year at the age of 15 after qualifying for Wimbledon.

She has moved up an extra step this year. Despite being 11 years older than Stephens and having less experience in Grand Slams, Gauff proved to be the most authoritative opponent for the 2017 US Open winner. She returned to the quarters in a Major for only the third time in three years.

Despite some nervousness at the conclusion, Gauff won in 1h30.

"It was a real mental challenge today. Gauff explained that he had lost the last time he played it, and that it was a mental challenge today. He also said that he had learned from last year's quarter-final loss in Paris.

She explained that although it was difficult, it made her stronger.

Trevisan, the 59th best player in the world had qualified earlier by defeating Leylah Fernandez from Canada, 19 years old, who was a finalist in September's US Open. She won 6-2, 76-7 (7/3), and 6-3.

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