"I'm obviously disappointed" - Gauff rues missed opportunities in maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal loss

After becoming the youngest WTA player to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in 15 years, Coco Gauff was unable to go one step further as she lost to Barbora Krejcikova on Wednesday at Roland Garros.

The 17-year old held several set points in the first set, but was unable to capitalize as she lost 6-7(6) 3-6 to Krejcikova.

"I'm obviously disappointed that I wasn't able to close out the first set," Gauff said after the match. "To be honest, it's in the past, it already happened. After the match, my hitting partner told me this match will probably make me a champion in the future. I really do believe that."

The American seemed to succumb to her nerves as she committed several unforced errors during the first set, and imploded in the second set as she fell into a 0-5 hole. However, she fought back to narrow the deficit, but was unable to stop the Czech from winning the match.

Nonetheless, the 24th seed was full of praise for her opponent, specifically crediting her mental strength.

“She played well in the pressure points,” admitted Gauff. “She also redirected the ball really, really well, kind of making me make mistakes. I said this even before going to the match. I knew she was going to play very smart tennis and play the high-percentage plays. That's what she did today.”

With the French Open now behind her, Gauff will look forward to the grass court season as she hopes to make a similar run at Wimbledon.

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