“I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I’ve played at this level. Hopefully I can keep it that way.”
‘I’m still learning’
At 17 years and 86 days, Gauff is the youngest player to have reached a Grand Slam quarter-finals since Nicole Vaidisova reached the last eight at the 2006 French Open.
The 17-year-old dominated against Jabeur from the start, broke early in the first set and kept her vice-like grip on the opening volleys.
In the second set Gauff failed again early, but needed four match points to make it 5-1 to defeat the Tunisian.
Despite the trust she has so far exuded at Roland Garros, Gauff says she is “definitely still” learning on clay courts.
“And shot selection is very important on clay, in my opinion, because you won’t have too many winners on clay just because it’s slower and gives your opponent more time to get the ball.”
“I think sand is probably the surface where you can make the most of all of the space,” Gauff continued. “I think it’s important that I keep changing the way I play so my opponents don’t really know what to expect.”
Gauff, who has not yet lost a set at the French Open, will face Barbora Krejcikova in the next round after the Czech easily defeated former finalist Sloane Stephens.