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 through 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.
Extra historical past for Gauff
Coco Gauff is the youngest American ladies’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 completely satisfied,” mentioned Gauff. “Final 12 months I misplaced within the quarter-finals and I needed to do higher. There is a lengthy solution to go however I am completely satisfied and prepared to return to work.
“Actually, I did not really feel comfy the entire match, even on match level. I do know the sport she performs. It is actually robust in opposition to her – you may’t actually be aggressive. She’s a prime participant and she or he’s had a terrific match.
“There is a saying in basketball that ‘defence wins video games’. It does not at all times work in tennis however at the moment that was the case.”
How Gauff made the semi-finals…
Ostapenko entered the match stuffed with confidence having upset top-ranked Swiatek however in opposition to 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 glorious court docket 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, enjoying in her first US Open quarter-final, lastly acquired on the board with a break to degree 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.
Up subsequent for Gauff will likely 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
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Henman: Credit score to Gauff’s defensive abilities
Former British No 1 Tim Henman on Sky Sports activities: “It was an unbelievable efficiency. We talked lots concerning the matchup and the firepower of Ostapenko. Coco was capable of nullify that; Ostapenko simply made so many errors.
“However judging by that response from Coco, she knew what a risk Ostapenko was, so she’ll be completely delighted to come back via so simply.”
Henman and Marion Bartoli analysed Ostapenko’s shot placement and the way Gauff completely combated that.
The US Open on Sky Sports activities: How and the place to observe
Sky welcomes tennis again to its channels, including to the present sports activities portfolio and reaffirming the broadcaster as the house of reside sport within the UK & Eire.
Sky Sports activities’ new blended actuality studio options a number of custom-built LED screens, built-in mild ‘sabres’, and an open cover roof, making the house alive with color and vitality to replicate the vibrancy of the final Grand Slam of the 12 months.
With built-in AR capabilities, a flexible LED flooring, and a ‘fourth wall’, the viewer will likely be transported to the Arthur Ashe Stadium in a 360-degree immersive surroundings. Our tennis specialists will take the viewer into the eyes of the gamers for professional Hawkeye evaluation and perception because the match progresses.
The expertise concerned permits us so as to add a wholly new dimension and can convey clients nearer to the motion.
Highlights of matches will likely be out there throughout Sky Sports activities TV and our social media platforms.
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