French Open: Coco Goff becomes the youngest Grand Slam finalist in 18 years

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 2, 2022 USA's Corey Goff reacts during his semifinal match against Italy's Martina Travisan Reuters / Yves Herman

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 2, 2022 USA’s Corey Goff reacts during his semifinal match against Italy’s Martina Travisan Reuters / Yves Herman

PARIS – Coco Goff will face world number one Iga Suatek for the French Open title after the teenager made it to her first Grand Slam final with a straight set victory over Martina Travisan on Thursday.

The 18-year-old American claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory in a nervous match where both players made it to the big semifinals for the first time.

Goff became the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004.

“I think I’m a little shocked at the moment,” Gough said. I didn’t know how to react after the match. I’m lost for words. “

The players made 37 unforced errors in a weak first set between them before Goff improved his game in the second set.

The 18th-seeded 34-match winning streak in Saturday’s showpiece match will be a heavy underdog against Swatech.

But since Sharapova stunned Serena Williams in London 18 years ago, she will have nothing to lose as she bids to be the youngest slam winner.

“I’m going to go to it like any other match,” Gough added.

“Yeah, it’s a Grand Slam final but there’s a lot going on in the world right now, especially in the United States, so I don’t think it’s worth the pressure.”

Unwanted Italian Travisan saw the end of his great tournament and 10-match unbeaten run, as he served four double faults and made 36 unforced errors.

Gough made a quick start and paused in the third game for an early advantage.

He was also upset after failing to persuade the umpire to reverse a controversial line call as errors flew from both players’ rackets.

But Goff made himself ready to occupy the set with runs in three games in a row.

Travisan broke down four times in a row, winning just three points in those games because his serve was split.

The world number 59 took a medical timeout to block his thighs before the second set, but Gough took full control of the match when he won the 14-minute game for a 3-1 lead with the backhand winner.

She went on to secure the final berth in style, breaking up again before holding on to love.

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