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Coco Gauff says 'words can't explain' as she reaches first Grand Slam semi-final

Coco Gauff celebrates at French Open

Coco Gauff powered into her first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros admitting that 'words can't explain' what it means to her.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene three years ago at Wimbledon and big things have been expected ever since.

She now looks on the verge of making a major career breakthrough through after defeating fellow-American Sloane Stephens 7-5, 6-2 in their quarterfinal clash.

“I feel so happy right now," Gauff said on court. "Words can’t explain.

"Last time I played her, I lost, so I’m glad that today went different. I just told myself to stay in mentally as there are some shots she gets in that no other player would.

“Obviously I believe in myself. Even last year, I think I was too focused on trying to live up to other people’s expectations of me."

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Asked how she was coping with the huge expectations placed on her since he initial breakthrough as a 15-year-old, Gauff said: “Just enjoy life.

"No matter how good or how bad my career is, I think I’m a great person, and that’s a message to all young players.

"Your results, or your job, or how much money you make doesn’t t define you as a person. As long as you love yourself, who cares what anyone else thinks?

“Other players get out of sight with life. We think tennis is the most important thing in the world, and it’s not. Getting my high school diploma meant a lot to me.”

Coco Gauff will now face in-form Italian Martina Trevisan in the semi-finals on Thursday.

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