This is a great first time for Caroline Garcia. Victory over the American Coco Gauff (6-3, 6-4) on Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the US Open, the Frenchwoman reached for the first time in her career, the last four of a Grand Slam tournament, to challenge Ons Jabeur, Thursday 8 September in New York. The Lyonnais and the Tunisian are both 28 years old, and they know each other quite well, having faced each other in the junior circuit. Eight figures form the backdrop to this duel between two players whose styles are not very common on the circuit.
0 defeat for Jabeur against Garcia
Ons Jabeur is unbeaten in the WTA Tour against Caroline Garcia, with two wins in the first round of the US Open 2019, and in the second round of the Australian Open 2020. Worse still for the fans of the French, the situation was the same in the junior circuit, with four wins for the Tunisian in four races at Roland-Garros (al 2nd round in 2010, in the semifinals in 2011), Wimbledon (in the 1st round in 2010) and … the US Open (in the quarter-finals in 2010). Of these four youth comparisons, the one who was at most 5th in the world among juniors took only one set from the one who reached the top of 4th place.
0 sets lost by Garcia
In this 2022 edition of the US Open, Caroline Garcia did not lose a set. She also gave up, on average, just 2.7 games per set. She almost double for Ons Jabeur (4.3), who left the first set to American Shelby Rodgers in the third round (4-6, 6-4, 6-3). She is, above all, the only semifinalist who has not conceded a goal in fifteen days.
13 straight wins for Garcia
Since her win against Diane Parry on August 13 in the first qualifying round in Cincinnati, Caroline Garcia has achieved 13 straight wins, winning her third career WTA 1000, her first since September 2017 (Beijing). Ons Jabeur then lost in the third round to Petra Kvitova, and is therefore “only” engaged in a five-game winning streak in this US Open.
12 places of difference in the world ranking
Prior to this US Open, On Jabeur was in 5th place in the WTA, while Caroline Garcia had moved up to 17th place. Twelve positions then separated the two players at the start of the New York Fortnight. If the Tunisian reached second place in the WTA rankings on June 27 after the Wimbledon final, the Frenchwoman moved up to fourth on September 10, 2018, after reaching round 3 at the US Open, her best result so far in this tournament. Next Monday, Jabeur is already confident of becoming Iga Swiatek’s runner-up again. As for Garcia, she will occupy at least 7th place.
1st for the African continent
First Arab player to win a WTA 1000 tournament in Madrid in May, Ons Jabeur became the first player from the African continent to qualify for the US Open semifinals. In the other Grand Slam tournaments, South African Annette du Plooy, Yvonne Vermaak and Amanda Coetzer also achieved this performance.
8th French in the semifinals of a Grand Slam
After Françoise Dürr, Brigitte Simon, Mary Pierce, Nathalie Tauziat, Amélie Mauresmo, Nathalie Dechy and Marion Bartoli, Caroline Garcia became the eighth French, in the era of the Open (since 1968), to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam.
Only two of them achieved this performance at the US Open (Pierce, Mauresmo), and only Mary Pierce qualified for the final, lost to Kim Clijsters in 2005. Of these eight French women in the semifinals, four made it to the final (Pierce , Tauziat at Wimbledon 1998, Mauresmo and Bartoli), and three won (Pierce at the Australian Open 1995 and Roland Garros 2000, Amélie Mauresmo at the Australian Open 2006 and Wimbledon 2006, then Bartoli at Wimbledon 2013).
3 – Caroline Garcia is only the third French player to reach the semifinals at the US Open in the Open era after Amelie Mauresmo (2002 and 2006) and Mary Pierce (2005). Trips.@WTA @WTA_insider #USOpen #USOpentennis # USOpen2022 pic.twitter.com/btkWc8PDCD
– OptaAce (@OptaAce) September 7, 2022
68 minutes of gap on the fields
Caroline Garcia played her longest game of this US Open in the quarter-finals against Coco Gauff (1h37), clocking 407 minutes on the pitch in five games. Ons Jabeur played another 68 minutes (475 in total), notably due to his showdown against Shelby Rodgers (2h17).
3 titles this season for Garcia, 2 for Jabeur
In addition to Cincinnati, Caroline Garcia has also won tournaments in Bad Homburg (Germany) and Warsaw this year. These are 10 WTA titles in the career of the Frenchwoman, against the three of Ons Jabeur, who won in 2022 in Madrid and Berlin.