US OPEN – Caroline Garcia defeats Coco Gauff in straight sets to qualify for the semi-finals

US OPEN - Caroline Garcia defeats Coco Gauff in straight sets to qualify for the semi-finals

She did it ! Caroline Garcia qualified for the semi-finals on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday by defeating local heroine Coco Gauff (6-3, 6-4 in 1h37) after a two-part game: first sublime, then more tense, but in the end perfectly managed by “Caro” who thus becomes the third French player to reach the last four at the US Open, after – excuse me – Mary Pierce and Amélie Mauresmo. She will challenge in a French-speaking semi-final the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, victorious a little earlier from Ajla Tomljanovic.

To face in night session, on the Arthur-Ashe stadium, a young player raised to the rank of star and almost considered as the heiress of Serena Williams, it was, for Caroline Garcia, a capital appointment, the kind of match to make herself very small or to become big. The French took it head on, immediately coming away 4-0 thanks to a fiery start to the game, in line with her start to the tournament, and punctuated with stratospheric points like this missile of forehand unchecked at the end of a yet grueling exchange.

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Another show of force: How Garcia smothered Gauff

In the end, in all of this, it was Gauff who seemed to feel the pressure of the event the most. But the American, taken by the throat from the start, then began to weave her web and immediately erased a first late break (4-1 then 2-4), also taking advantage of a sudden drop in first serves from the part of the French, who will not have been overall imperial in this sector of the game yet so important for her (52%).

But she had the merit, however, of often releasing firsts at the right time, especially in this very long and very tense game which finally allowed her to break away 5-2. A comeback from Gauff would probably have been difficult to manage. Instead, the Frenchwoman finally managed to hold her service until the end to win this 1st set concluded with a hussar, at the net (6-3).

A huge point, a last monstrous forehand: Garcia had set the tone for the start

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

Winning this 1st set was good for the Frenchwoman just as much as it will have (re) put her head under water for the American. Which, overall, will have – for once – made its young age in this match. Constantly under pressure, especially on her 2nd ball (only 27% of points won on it!), Coco missed small opportunities here and there to hang up on the good car by committing too many sometimes gross mistakes, like this forehand in the net which cost him the entry break of the 2nd set (0-1). In rage, she smashed her racket to the ground. We could understand it.

Especially since this break, in the end, Gauff was never going to see it again. She even came close to sinking with two balls of 4-1 (double break) nicely saved. But of course didn’t give up. At 3-2, she even offered herself a break point, this time well saved by the Frenchwoman who chained at that time two good firsts very welcome. Ditto at 4-3 when, trailing 0-30, “Caro” did not panic and averted the danger by chaining two aces and two fighter planes in the forehand.

Phew. On a wire perhaps, but it always passed for Garcia who also kept a cool head and a warm hand at 5-4, when serving for 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 the match point. His 24th unforced error of the game (two more than his opponent), one too many.

Garcia winner of the US Open? “She must have the intimate conviction that she can do it”

She therefore sealed her loss and triggered the immense joy of Caroline Garcia, who is pursuing her blue dream by reaching the semi-finals without having lost a single set. She is only two victories away from becoming the first Frenchwoman in history (in history!) to win the American Grand Slam. Even if we know that the hardest part is beginning since she could have to face the two best players in the world, Ons Jabeur (it’s done) and possibly Iga Swiatek in the final (we’re far from it), it’s starting to be hard, really, not to ignite…

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