Coco Gauff moved into her first non-clay Grand Slam quarterfinal on Sunday easing past former doubles partner Shuai Zhang 7-5, 7-5 at the US Open.
Zhang, who beat Gauff in the US Open doubles final last year, got up early 2-0 in the first then served for the second at 5-3 with a set point in the second. But Gauff, as she does so often, was able to fight back. The teen took the final four games to reach her third career Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Gauff will now face the hot-handed Caroline Garcia. The 28-year-old from France ended a 3-match and 3-set losing streak to Alison Riske crushing the American 6-3, 6-1.
The Cincinnati champ Garcia is into just her second career Grand Slam quarterfinal. She has won her last 12 matches including the qualifying.
“I never played on Ashe [against] a big American player, so definitely going to be the first time,” Garcia said. “As a French player, I know that in Roland Garros, the crowd, it can be loud and everything. Obviously I know it’s going to be on the other way around.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great experience. I will get myself ready. I will have my little team behind me. That’s the most important, the people you care about who have been supporting you. I’m not going to complain to play Ashe against an American girl in quarterfinal.”
In the evening, Ons Jabeur rallied from 5-2 down to get first win over Veronika Kudermetova 7-6, 6-4. She’ll take on Ajla Tomljanovic who also came from 5-2 down and also eight set points to stun Liudmila Samsonova 7-6, 6-1.
Tomorrow, the fourth round closes with tournament favorite Iga Swiatek, former finalists Victoria Azarenka and Karolina Pliskova meet for a ninth time and on Ashe American No. 1 Jessica Pegula meets Petra Kvitova and high-energy Danielle Collins collides with 2021 semifinalist Aryna Sabalenka.
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