New York: America’s Coco Gauff, the youngest player remaining in the tournament, survived a tough challenge from the oldest Zhang Shuai of China to reach the quarterfinals for the first time at the US Open, her home major.
The American registered straight sets 7-5, 7-5, win over 33-year-old Zhang at the Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
Gauff, only 18, is the youngest American woman to reach the quarters here since 2009.
Gauff, who reached her first Grand Slam final earlier this year at Roland Garros, advanced to play 17th seed, Caroline Garcia of France, for the chance to make the semifinals at the US Open for the first time.
In other action, Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia and Ons Jabeur each came back from first-set deficits to claim straight-set wins in the US Open Round of 16 on Sunday night.
Tomljanovic, who defeated Serena Williams in the final match of the WTA Legend’s career, reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal in a row with a 7-6(8), 6-1 win over Liudmila Samsonova at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The No.5 seed Jabeur of Tunisia also came back from 2-5 down in the first set before topping No.18 seed Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova 7-6(1), 6-4. It was the Tunisian’s first win over Kudermetova in their four meetings.
Tomljanovic and Jabeur will face off on Tuesday for a place in the semifinal.