Garcia Cruises Past Gauff And Into US Open SF; Swiatek v Pegula Wed.

by Staff | September 6th, 2022, 10:23 pm
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Caroline Garcia put it to rest that she’s the woman to beat at the US Open, thumping Coco Gauff 6-3, 6-4 to reach her first career Grand Slam semifinal.

“I don’t know how to describe it. It’s crazy,” Garcia said. “The atmosphere was very, very strong. Obviously, to play an American here is like crazy energy. My head is just buzzing.”

Garcia has now won 29 of her last 33 matches and if you include qualifying, she’s won her last 13.

Garcia belted cross court forehands winners behind Gauff all night, and was broken just once. The 28-year-old was playing in just her second Grand Slam quarterfinal, and thus far she hasn’t dropped a set.

For Gauff, it was her best US Open and first quarterfinal in New York.

“You’re playing someone off the bat, they’re standing on top of the baseline and ripping balls, it’s not easy,” Gauff said. “She has the type of game that you kind of have to adjust to because I feel like it’s not hit-or-miss because she definitely makes more, but you’re hitting a good serve, and sometimes you’re not expecting the ball to come back as fast and as deep as she was hitting it.”

Earlier, Ons Jabeur rallied from 5-3 down in the second to defeat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 7-6(4).

Jabeur has now reached the Wimbledon finals and now the US Open semifinal.

“I believe in myself after Wimbledon,” Jabeur said on court. “I know that I have it in me to win a [major] final. And here I am in the semifinals.”

She also becomes the first Arab woman to make the US Open semifinal.

“I’m just trying to do my job here, hopefully I inspire more and more generations from Africa,” Jabeur said. “It really means a lot to me.”

Tomljanovic enjoyed her best US Open, but couldn’t close out the second.

Tomorrow, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek takes on the best in America in Jessica Pegula. During the day, former finalist Karolina Pliskova battles 2021 semifinalist Aryna Sabalenka.

The US Open will have a new women’s champion on Saturday.

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