From the start, Garcia played high-stakes tennis and put the hits where you wanted them, sometimes at Gauff’s feet, sometimes just out of reach. In contrast to the early success of Gauff, who is still 18, it has been a long journey for Garcia, who will now play in the first semi-final of her career at the age of 28.
Garcia, the 17th seed, took charge initially and never looked back in a 6-3 6-4 victory over 12th seed Gauff at Arthur Ashe Court.
“I just go in for my shots, even when I’m nervous,” Garcia said.
She had lost both previous games to Gauff, who was runner-up at the French Open in June, but was the top player this time around.
“Her performance was fantastic and I knew it would be great to join her, and I feel like I didn’t play at the level I needed to win today – but overall I’m very proud of myself at this tournament,” Gauff said. “But I’m hungry for more, so maybe next year.”
Garcia, who is from France, has not given up a group at Flushing Meadows so far this year and has continued her winning streak to 13 games overall, cementing her status as a player in women’s tennis at the moment.
She finished last season at 74, but is now expected to rise to the top 10 next week.
“In the past two months, I’m feeling healthy again,” Garcia said.
She will face the runner-up at Wimbledon Anas Jaber Tunisia on Thursday on the berth in the final at stake.
“I am looking forward to the next challenge and what I can achieve,” Garcia said.
Jaber became the first woman to represent an African nation to reach the semi-finals of the US Open during the professional period with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over the player who was defeated. Serena Williams In the third round, Ajla Tomljanovic.
Jaber said her departure to the title match at the All England Club allowed her to “believe more in myself” and realize “I had the idea that I could win one of the Grand Slams”.
Tomljanovic exchanged a long hug at the net with Jaber, a close friend, after the match.
Jaber said, “I am just trying to do my job and hope to inspire more and more generations from Africa. It really means a lot to me.”
In Garcia’s match against Gauff, it was only 4-0 after 17 minutes, as the spectators were still ahead. Overall, there was less vocal support for Goff than she heard in her previous win at Ashe.
During that rather perfect start, Garcia capped off with a 17 forehand trade exchange. She raised her fist and placed this pose while looking at the guest box, where her father and coach were standing on both feet. It was a sequence that would be repeated.
Both are big hitters: Gauff was hit the fastest by a woman in the championship this year, at 128 mph; Garcia tops the WTA in aces in 2022. Each one delivered at 117 mph in her opening game.
But it was Garcia who read Goff’s presentations most effectively. Garcia often went back deep enough to seemingly startle Gave, who scrambled with some responses. After one of several attempts to respond from Hollow lodged in the net, she moved her racket towards the ground, as if to point out: “Why do these people keep going down there?!”
That kind of constant pressure, and Garcia’s tendency to stay inside the baseline to receive the second serve, could have contributed to Gave’s six double faults.
Garcia also quickly gained the upper hand from the baseline with her clean, crisp strokes. During a brief TV interview on the way from the locker room to court, Garcia said she hopes to be “more aggressive”.
She certainly was.
Referring to her shooting experience, something she displayed in doubles, where she won two Grand Slam titles with a French partner. Kristina Mladenovic – Garcia runs forward whenever an opening appears. She ended up winning 13 out of 16 when she went to the net.
Instead of getting scared and trying to get away with Gauve’s stronger backhand, Garcia went after him, drawing frequent fouls.
“I had a lot of unforced errors today; I think I had some balls where I could have finished the point, especially when it came close to the net – I missed a lot of passing shots when it was open,” Gough said. “I think I just need to cut back on (non-forced errors), especially when you’re playing an aggressive player like Caroline – you can’t make that many unintentional mistakes.”
Gauff sometimes shows some frustration in her play, slapping herself on her thigh or banging her racket on a court-side towel rack. She has been trying to become the youngest American woman in the US Open semifinals since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title in New York in 1999 at the age of 17.
Garcia will not allow it.
The Associated Press and ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.
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