US OPEN – Caroline Garcia beats Coco Gauff in two sets to qualify for the semifinals

US OPEN – Caroline Garcia beats Coco Gauff in two sets to qualify for the semifinals

US OPEN – Caroline Garcia beats Coco Gauff in two sets to qualify for the semifinals

She did it! Caroline Garcia qualified for the semifinals on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday beating local hero Coco Gauff (6-3, 6-4 in 1h37) after a two-part match: first sublime, then more tense, but in the end perfectly managed by “Caro” who thus becomes the third Frenchman to reach the semifinals of the US Open, after – excuse me – Mary Pierce and Amélie Mauresmo. You will challenge the Tunisian Ons Jabeur in a French-speaking semifinal, victorious shortly before by Ajla Tomljanovic.

To face at night, at the Arthur-Ashe stadium, a young player elevated to the rank of star and almost considered the heir of Serena Williams, was, for Caroline Garcia, a capital appointment, the type of game to become very small or to become great. The Frenchwoman put us in the lead, immediately taking the lead 4-0 thanks to a fiery start to the game, in line with her tournament start, and dotted with stratospheric tips like this unbridled forehand missile at the end of an exchange again exhausting.

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In the end, in all of this, it was Gauff who felt the pressure of the event the most. But the American, taken by the throat from the beginning, then began to weave her webs and immediately canceled a first late break (4-1 then 2-4), also taking advantage of a sudden drop in first serves from part of the French, which may not have been imperial overall in this gaming sector but so important to her (52%).

But she had the merit, however, of often pulling out the first at the right time, especially in this very long and very tense match that finally allowed her to break the 5-2. Probably a Gauff comeback would have been difficult to manage. The Frenchwoman, on the other hand, finally managed to keep the serve until the end to win this 1st set ended with a hussar, on the net (6-3).

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Gauff: 24 unforced errors, 27% of the points scored in the 2nd ball!

Winning this 1st set was as positive for the Frenchwoman as she will have (re) put her head under water for the American. Which, on the whole, she will have – for once – made her her young age in this match. Constantly put under pressure, especially on his 2nd ball (only 27% of the points won!), Coco has lost here and there small opportunities to hang up the right machine by committing too many mistakes, sometimes gross, like this right on the net that is cost the entrance break of the 2nd set (0-1). In anger, she smashed her racket to the ground. We could understand it.

Especially since this break, in the end, Gauff would never see her again. She even came close to sinking with two well-saved 4-1 balls (double break). But of course she doesn’t give up. At 3-2 she even offered a break point, this time well saved by the French who at that moment chained two very welcome first good players. Ditto at 4-3 when, down by 0-30, “Caro” did not panic and averted the danger by chaining two aces and two fighters in the forehand.

Office On the edge perhaps, but it has always passed through Garcia who also kept a cool head and a warm hand at 5-4, serving the match. At 30-30, again, it could be tense. But this time it was his opponent who came to his aid by missing his forehand attack and then sending a backhand into the net on match point. His 24th unforced error of play (two more than the opponent), one too many.

Garcia winner of the US Open? “He must have the deep conviction that he can do it”

He then sealed the defeat and unleashed the immense joy of Caroline Garcia, who is chasing her blue dream by reaching the semifinals without having lost a single set. She only needs two wins to become the first Frenchwoman in history (in history!) To win the American Grand Slam. Even though we know that she is starting the hardest part as she may have to face the two best players in the world in the final, Ons Jabeur (it’s done) and maybe Iga Swiatek (we are far away), it is starting to be difficult, really, not light up …

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