Caroline Garcia overtakes Coco Gauff to reach first Grand Slam semifinal

Caroline Garcia fought her way past Coco Gauff into her first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open.

Eleven years after Andy Murray predicted Garcia would become world number one when she led Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros as a 17-year-old, the Frenchwoman is in the form of her life.

Gauff also had a great summer, but she had no response to Garcia’s unerring ball movement, who is targeting fifth-seeded Ons Jabeur after a 6-3, 6-4 win in the last four.

Garcia reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal five years ago and finished fourth in the world in 2018, but since then there have been far more downs than ups.

In mid-June she was 75th when she headed to the grass courts of Bad Homburg in Germany and claimed her first title in three years.

Coached by her father Louis for most of her career, Garcia has thrived under new coach Bertrand Perret and has come to New York buoyed by two more titles – on clay in Warsaw and the big hard court event in Cincinnati.

Back in the top 20, Garcia rode that wave at Flushing Meadows and that win made it 13 straight wins.

Coco Gauff looks frustrated (Charles Krupa/AP)


Gauff sent the fastest women’s serve of the tournament at 128mph in the second round, but Garcia was on the comeback from the start of the game, propelling himself to a 4-0 lead.

Her groundstrokes flew into the corners and sent Gauff, one of the game’s best athletes, running into space.

The American, who failed to bring the crowd into play like she had in her previous win over Zhang Shuai, was frustrated with mistakes that aggravated her problems.

She found her feet in the set with two games in a row, but Garcia didn’t let things get that close and the Frenchwoman struck again early in the second set.

Gauff did everything he could to try to get the break back, but every time she sniffed an opening, Garcia would shut the door. Caroline Garcia overtakes Coco Gauff to reach first Grand Slam semifinal

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