Coco Gauff reaches second straight French Open quarterfinals

PARIS — American teenager Coco Gauff hit one backhand around the net post in the first set along the way to earn a berth in the French Open quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.

The 18-year-old American took over from 4-all in the opening set en route to beating No. 31 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-4, 6-0 at Court Philippe Chatrier on Saturday.