Caroline Garcia never let Coco Gauff or the crowd get involved in Tuesday night’s US Open quarterfinals.
In her early years, Garcia played her tennis high stakes, placing shots where she wanted, right at her Gauff’s feet, sometimes out of reach. It’s been a long road for Garcia, who qualified to play in her first career Grand Slam semifinal at the age of 28, in contrast to her early success Gauff experienced when she was only 18.
No. 17 seed Garcia took charge from the start, as she beat No. 12 Gauff 6-3, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I just take my shots,” Garcia said.
She had lost her previous two matches to Gauff, who was runner-up at the French Open in June, but was a much better player this time. She hasn’t conceded a set and extended her winning streak to 13 total matches, cementing her status as the best player in women’s tennis today. And finished 74th last season and is expected to break into the top 10 next week.
“The last few months.” Garcia said, “I’m feeling healthy again.”
She will face Tunisian runner-up Onz Jabbar at Wimbledon on Thursday to reach the final.
“I’m looking forward to the next challenge and what I can achieve,” Garcia said. Nick Kyrgios couldn’t capitalize on his win over defending champion Daniil Medvedev at the US Open, losing to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals 7: 5, 4: 6, 7: 5, 6: 7 (3 ), a 6:4 rough match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The game started on Tuesday night and ended around 1am local time on Wednesday. At the start of the game, two spectators were kicked out after one gave the other a haircut in the stands. At the point, referee James Ketavon pleaded, “Again, ladies and gentlemen, please respect both players.”
Khachanov, seeded 27th, reached his first Grand Slam semifinal of his career. Before facing number 23 Kyrgios, he was 0-2 in the big quarterfinals.
“I did it! I did it! Thank you very much. Now give me love.” Thank you,” Khachanov told the crowd who stayed until the finish. “It was a crazy match. I think that’s the only way to beat Nick.”
Khachanov will face fifth-placed Casper Ruud for a place in the league on Friday.
Casper Ruud made just one Grand Slam appearance in the 2022 season, determined to break the record in four major events in tennis, and lasted until the fourth round.
And the day before the Australian Open in January, he twisted his ankle in training and was forced to withdraw. Hardly ideal. Look at him now: Ruud is with the U.S. After opening in the semi-finals and reaching the final at the French Open, he has a chance to move up to No. 1 in the ATP rankings.
The 23-year-old from Norway is coached by his father, former professional player Christian, and in the quarter-finals he beat 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini with his 6-1 6- 4 7-6 (4) won and scored. On a rainy Monday, Arthur Ashe under the closed roof of his stadium.
“Something clicked in Paris and I feel like I’ve found a better way to play five sets this year and I know it’s very different than playing the best three sets. . …sometimes I realize or know that I can let go of a set to save energy for the rest of the set,” said the No. 5 seed Root. I think I learned how to play sets well.