Jabeur reaches back-to-back French Open quarter-finals, sets up meeting with Coco Gauff


Ons Jabeur made it back-to-back quarter-finals appearances at the French Open after defeating Clara Tauson 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth round on Sunday.

The Tunisian eighth seed broke her Danish opponent’s serve in the third game of the first set while the fourth game went to deuce 10 times before Jabeur finally held serve at the ninth attempt.

Jabeur broke Tauson in the first game of the second set before the Dane hit back in the next. Jabeur broke Tauson again in the fifth game and held on from there to clinch the match after one hour and 36 minutes.

“I think [Tauson] hits the ball really well, really hard,” Jabeur said after the match. “She has a good serve, but today I was trying not to really bother her with my slices and kind of play the whole court. I think it really worked really well because at certain times she didn’t know where to move exactly.”

Jabeur has now reached seven Grand Slam quarterfinals in her career and will take on American sensation Coco Gauff, who earlier defeated Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-1, 6-2.

“I love how Coco plays, and I love how Coco talks in general,” Jabeur stated. “I think she’s really mature for her age. She’s really an amazing person as well.

“It’s going to be definitely a difficult match. She’s such a fighter on the court. I hope I can play good and I can play my game because I know I can bother her as well. But it’s going to be definitely a great fight between us.”

Gauff leads Jabeur 4-2 in overall head-to-head overall meetings, 2-1 on clay, and 1-0 at Roland Garros.

Their only previous meeting at Roland Garros was in the fourth round in 2021 which Gauff won 6-3, 6-1.

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