Coco Gauff won the quarter-finals of the French Open and advanced to the first semi-finals of the Grand Slam tournaments in singles.

Now the 18-year-old will compete in her first Grand Slam singles semi-final after beating her compatriot 7-5, 6-2. Sloane Stephens in the All-American Quarterfinals French Open.

Gauff’s extraordinary talent has been evident since three years ago she became the youngest player in history to reach the Wimbledon main draw by defeating Venus Williams to reach the fourth round.

Since then, she has struggled with the pressure caused by this feat.

“Obviously I believe in myself,” she said in a post-match interview. “Even last year, I think I was too focused on trying to live up to other people’s expectations of me. Just enjoy life.

“No matter how good or bad my career is, I think I am a great person and that is a message to all young players. Your results, your work, or the amount of money you earn does not define you as a person. As long as you love yourself, who cares what others think?

The athleticism and strength that made Gauff such a threat was again on display when she continued her perfect start at this year’s French Open, during which she has yet to drop a set.

Gauff and Stevens have known each other for over ten years.

Now she will face the world number. 59 Martin Trevisan on Thursday for a place in the final.

From the very beginning of Tuesday’s game, Gauff consistently attacked from the back line and broke her compatriot at the first opportunity.

It took Stevens four games to register on the scoreboard, but she did so in style, maneuvering Gauff from the left side of the court and capitalizing on open space with a game-winning backhand.

Stevens began to stabilize, and although Gauff continued to lead thanks to an early break, flashes of talent that propelled the 29-year-old to a US Open title and world number one. came 3. A sloppy passing shot and the cross-court winner, who fired at an impossible angle, sealed her serve.

Succumbing to this momentum, Stevens broke the young American and consolidated this gap to a 5-5 level.

However, three misses in her final serve of the set wiped out Stevens’ comeback and Gauff won the first set 7–5.

Two service breaks canceled each other early in the second set before Gauff held on and broke Stevens again to be within touching distance of the semi-finals.

Stevens reached the final of the French Open in 2018.

Errors crept into Gauff’s game as tension mounted, and—she was hampered by a string of double faults—she fought to win her serve game, saving three break points to take a 4-1 lead after a wayward volley from Stevens weakened pressure.

Once Gauf won that game, the outcome seemed inevitable. However, double fault propensity began to haunt the 18-year-old again as she filed for the win and had to wait longer for the result to be confirmed.

However, the double fault proved infectious and indicated Stevens’ inconsistency during the match, as a series of unforced errors allowed Gauff to complete the win with relative ease.

After reaching the quarter-finals of last year’s French Open, where she lost to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova, this year’s tournament was Gauff’s best Grand Slam performance to date.