Coco Gauff, the finalist of the last Roland-Garros, qualified for the quarter-finals of the tournament in San José (United States), Thursday, beating Naomi Osaka (6-4, 6-4). More aggressive and enterprising, the American often overwhelmed her opponent, who returned to competition this week after two months of absence due to a persistent injury to an Achilles tendon.
Osaka, former world number 1, now ranked 41st and now trained again by her father Leonard François after two years under the leadership of Wim Fissette, had the merit of hanging on in the game, despite the frank domination of her opponent.
Trailing 5-2 in the second set, Osaka first saved four match points on his engagement, before unbreaking in stride. She then erased three others, still on her serve as she trailed 0-40. Returning to 5-4, the Japanese ended up giving in on the 8th match point conceded to Gauff, after 1h29 of play.
The 18-year-old American will face Spaniard Paula Badosa in the next round.