Feel the Gauff effect: Career-high ranking ahead after Sabalenka's French Open exit

Wednesday, 05 June 2024 at 21:00
Coco Gauff achieves career-high ranking as No. 2 following Aryna Sabalenka's elimination in the French Open quarterfinals. The American successfully overcame a tough match against Ons Jabeur (No. 8) by 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, advancing to the semifinals and surpassing her performance from last year, when she fell in the quarterfinals.
With this, Gauff secured an additional 350 points, while Sabalenka will lose the same amount. The Belarusian was unable to prevail against Mirra Andreeva (No. 38) and lost 7-6(5), 4-6, 4-6, failing to defend her semifinal points from 2023.

New career-high ranking for Gauff

So far, the 20-year-old has had a flawless journey at Roland Garros. The 2022 finalist breezed through the first week with straight-set victories against Julia Avdeeva, Tamara Zidansek, and Dayana Yastremska (30th seed). In the Round of 16, she conceded only three games to eliminate Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto.
In the quarterfinals, she dropped her first set of the tournament and made a comeback to defeat the 3-time Grand Slam finalist Jabeur. Sabalenka's recent loss allows Gauff to surpass the Belarusian and become the new World No. 2, behind Iga Swiatek. She will face the No. 1 seed in the semifinals, against whom she holds a negative record of 1-10.
The recent US Open champion has finally reached the World No. 2 ranking, marking the first time since February 2023 that a player other than Sabalenka or Iga Swiatek has entered the top-2. The American will seek to achieve the feat of playing in the French Open final for the second time, the first being in 2022 when she also fell to the Polish player.

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