She will face world No 59 Martina Trevisan of Italy, who saw off another teenager in
Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.
You cannot choose the speed of your ascent in sport and Gauff has been building
nicely. She made the last eight at Roland Garros 12 months ago and has been in the
last-16 at Wimbledon twice.
This is likely to prove an easier passage to manage than that of Raducanu, with whom
she also shares the admirable achievement of completing secondary education. Gauff
officially graduated from high school just before this tournament started, and
proudly posed before the Eiffel Tower wearing a mortarboard.
‘I know how hard it was to do school and play tennis on the road,’ she said. ‘Other
players in general get out of sight with life and think tennis is the most important
thing in the world. It is not, so getting my high school diploma meant a lot to me.
‘I feel so happy right now. Last year in the quarterfinal, it was a tough loss for me. I
think that match made me stronger and to be better prepared for moments like this
and the moments I will face in the next round.
‘Obviously, I believe in myself but even last year I was too focused on trying to fulfill
other people’s expectations. Just enjoy life. No matter how good or how bad my career
is, I think I am a great person and that is a message for all the young players out
‘Your job, how much money you make, it doesn’t define you as a person. Don’t care
what other people think.’ Easier said than done, no doubt, but the positive mindset
has helped her exploit the attributes which make her so effective on clay.
While Gauff has had issues in recent years with her serve and forehand she has been
a consistently excellent mover, and someone difficult to break down.
She has also developed her game by playing doubles, and her all-round abilities will
make her favourite to beat the defensive baseliner Trevisan.
As is often seen in the women’s game Gauff’s half of the draw has been blown apart,
and she is the highest surviving seed at No 18.
The firm favorite for the women’s event remains Iga Swiatek, but her nervy
performance in the fourth round will give opponents hope.
Wednesday’s remaining quarter-final will see her face another American in 28-year-
old world No 11 Jessica Pegula.