Reigning on the red dirt
A revelation on the clay this spring, the 24th-seeded Gauff stretched her current career-best winning streak to nine matches and improved to 16-3 on the clay in 2021, a win-loss record made even more remarkable by the fact that the talented Floridian had contested just four WTA-level matches on the clay prior to 2021.
Gauff will face another first-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, in the quarter-finals.
Ever the eager student of the game, Gauff says her clay game is still very much a work in progress, and in her press conference on Monday she confessed to reporters that clay was her third-favourite surface.
Could have fooled everybody.
"I'm going to always still be learning no matter how many matches I win," Gauff said of her improvement on the terre battue. "But for me, it's just being patient and shot selection, I think, is really important on clay because you're not going to have too many outright winners on clay just because it's slower and gives more time for your opponent to get the ball."