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Coco beats Giorgi to reach Parma quarters

American teenager Coco Gauff has eased past home hope Camila Giorgi in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Emilia-Romagna Open.

The third-seeded Gauff, who reached the semi-finals at the Italian Open last week for the best result on clay in her young career, defeated the Italian 6-2 6-3 on Wednesday to set up a match against US compatriot Amanda Anisimova in the last-eight.

“I’m definitely 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. With the more matches, I think I’m going to continue to get better.”

The 17-year-old is making great strides as she prepares for the French Open in Paris which starts on May 30.

Second-seeded Petra Martic is also through to the quarters after beating Ludmilla Samsonova 7-6 (7-5) 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 quarters when her opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo retired with a left thigh injury at 2-2 in the third set.

Errani next faces former US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

In the other round-of-16 match, Caroline Garcia beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2 6-4 to set up a quarter-final date with Serena Williams’ conqueror Katerina Siniakova.

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