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Gauff cruises past Yastremska into French Open fourth round

American third seed Coco Gauff showed some second-set resilience in 6-2 6-4 victory over Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska on Friday to advance to the French Open fourth round and move a step closer to ending a three-year claycourt drought.

The U.S. Open winner, who reached the final in Paris in 2022 and last won a title on the surface in 2021, was in solid form in the first set against surprise Australian Open semi-finalist Yastremska before struggling briefly in the second.

The Ukrainian world number 32 struggled for consistency with her big-hitting game as well as her serve and sent a backhand wide to give Gauff an early break.

Gauff then cruised through the set courtesy of another break as Yastremska’s unforced errors piled up.

She did break Gauff repeatedly in the second set with the American struggling with her first serve but Gauff, who also had a match point at 5-2, clinched it with another unforced error by her opponent.

(Reuters)

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