American teenager Coco Gauff delighted the house followers by reaching her first US Open semi-finals with a 6-0 6-2 victory over Iga Swiatek’s conqueror Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday.
Gauff, whose lead-up to the US Open included hardcourt titles in Washington and Cincinnati, transformed six of her seven break factors and dropped serve simply as soon as in the course of the 67-minute match on a sun-drenched Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 19-year-old is the primary American teenager to achieve the ultimate 4 at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams was the runner-up to her older sister, Venus, in 2001.
Gauff was in buoyant temper after her straight units victory over Ostapenko
Extra historical past for Gauff
Coco Gauff is the youngest American girls’s participant to make the semi-finals of Grand Slams on a number of events (2) since Serena Williams made the semi-finals of the US Open 1999 and Wimbledon 2000.
“It feels nice, I am so glad,” stated Gauff. “Final 12 months I misplaced within the quarter-finals and I needed to do higher. There is a lengthy approach to go however I am glad and prepared to return to work.
“Actually, I did not really feel snug the entire match, even on match level. I do know the sport she performs. It is actually robust towards her – you possibly can’t actually be aggressive. She’s a prime participant and he or she’s had an incredible event.
“There is a saying in basketball that ‘defence wins video games’. It would not at all times work in tennis however in the present day that was the case.”
How Gauff made the semi-finals…
Ostapenko entered the match filled with confidence having upset top-ranked Swiatek however towards Gauff the misfiring Latvian twentieth seed couldn’t discover her vary and delivered an error-strewn efficiency.
Gauff was in management from the beginning and showcased wonderful courtroom protection whereas delivering a gentle stream of balls deep into the corners en path to capturing the primary set in 20 minutes and limiting Ostapenko to seven factors.
Former French Open champion Ostapenko, taking part in in her first US Open quarter-final, lastly received on the board with a break to stage the second set at 1-1 however Gauff did not waver as she broke proper again.
She went up a double break for a 5-2 lead earlier than closing out the match on serve in 68 minutes to avenge her spherical of 16 loss to the Latvian at this 12 months’s Australian Open that left the American in tears.
Watch the successful second as Gauff edged Ostapenko in a remaining intense rally to seal her spot into the US Open semi-finals
Up subsequent for Gauff can be both Czech tenth seed and French Open finalist Karolina Muchova or Romanian thirtieth seed Sorana Cirstea.
Story of the Tape
Ostapenko vs Gauff: Story of the Tape
1st serve win proportion
2nd serve win proportion
Break factors received
Complete factors received
Henman: Credit score to Gauff’s defensive abilities
Former British No 1 Tim Henman on Sky Sports activities: “It was an unimaginable efficiency. We talked loads in regards to the matchup and the firepower of Ostapenko. Coco was in a position to nullify that; Ostapenko simply made so many errors.
“However judging by that response from Coco, she knew what a menace Ostapenko was, so she’ll be completely delighted to come back by means of so simply.”
Henman and Marion Bartoli analysed Ostapenko’s shot placement and the way Gauff completely combated that.
Tim Henman and Marion Bartoli praised Gauff’s skill for forcing Ostapenko into a number of unforced errors of their conflict
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