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Gauff beats Giorgi to reach Emilia-Romagna quarterfinals

Internazionali BNL D'Italia 2021 - Day Eight

ROME, ITALY - MAY 15: Cori Gauff of the USA plays a forehand during her semi-final match with Iga Swiatek of Poland on Day Eight of the Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2021 at Foro Italico on May 15, 2021 in Rome, Italy.. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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PARMA, Italy -- American teenager Coco Gauff eased past Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Emilia-Romagna Open.

The third-seeded Gauff, who reached the semifinals at the Italian Open last week for the best result on clay in her career, will next face compatriot Amanda Anisimova.

“I’m definitely for sure way more comfortable on clay just because it comes with experience,” Gauff said. “So the movement is a lot better and the shot selection is a lot better. So with the more matches I think I’m going to continue to get better.”

The 17-year-old Gauff is preparing for the French Open in Paris which starts on May 30.

Second-seeded Petra Martic is also through to the final eight after beating Ludmilla Samsonova 7-6 (5), 6-3.

She will face sixth-seeded Qiang Wang, who eliminated Martina Di Giuseppe of Italy 6-4, 6-4.

Another Italian, 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani, reached the quarterfinals when her opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo retired with a left thigh injury at 2-2 in the third set.

Errani next faces former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

In the other round-of-16 match, Caroline Garcia beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2, 6-4.

Garcia will face Katerina Siniakova, who eliminated Serena Williams.