Coco Gauff Favored to Make First Grand Slam Semifinal

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 8, 2021, 12:55 PM EDT
Coco Gauff is one step closer to winning the French Open.
Coco Gauff is one step closer to winning the French Open. / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Coco Guaff is on the verge of doing something she’s never done before in her career. The 17-year old is one win away from making her first Grand Slam semifinals match.

Gauff put her name on the map when she upset Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon in 2019. Gauff won in straight sets as a 15-year old and has climbed up the tennis ranks ever since.

WynnBET has Gauff as the favorite (-116) in her French Open Quarterfinals match against Barbora Krejčíková (-105). Gauff has won all of her matches in straight sets, with two sets decided by a tiebreaker.

Gauff is also the higher seed against Krejčíková. Gauff is the No. 24 seed while her opponent is unranked. If Gauff wins, she will be the youngest American in the quarters of a Slam since Venus Williams reached the quarters at the U.S. Open in 1997 at the age of 17 as well.

The Women’s side of the French Open had a controversy earlier in the tournament when Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 seed, withdrew from the tournament after she was fined for missing her media session. Osaka said she wouldn’t be doing media sessions because it negatively affected her mental health. After receiving backlash, she decided to “take some time away from the court.”

Gauff also spoke out in an interview about how tennis affects her.

“Throughout my life, I was always the youngest to do things, which added hype that I didn’t want,” she said in a “Behind the Racquet” Instagram series. “It added this pressure that I needed to do well fast.”

Gauff, at 17, now finds herself one win closer to achieving those goals. 

WynnBET has her as the favorite and projects her to win in fast fashion. The amount of games for the match is set at 21.5, and odds for the under (-116) are favored against the over (-105). 

If Gauff proves the odds right, she’ll move on to the semifinals and make history.