Now it’s The Coco Show on Tuesday night at the US Open.
Coco Gauff said she was pumped in front of frenzied crowds and there will be plenty of electricity inside Arthur Ashe Stadium when the 18-year-old plays her first-ever Open quarter-final against the hot Caroline Garcia.
Gauff, the youngest Open quarter-finalist in 13 years, looks impatient.
“When you play against these players who are hot, I think it’s more of a mental challenge,” Gauff said. “You just have to accept that she’s going to land some great shots. She’s playing the best tennis she’s had in a long time.”
Garcia is 10 years older than Gauff and is ranked 17th. She snatches the ball from the backcourt but has only made one major quarter-final before despite dominating the season on hard court and winning the last tune-up in Cincinnati.
“I’m actually super excited to play Coco in the United States, in New York, in the slam quarterfinals,” Garcia said. “She is doing really well this year, very consistent, still very young. But yeah, it’s a great game to play. She is aggressive but maybe a little further than me. Big serve, huge serve, very powerful. Very good move. Very athletic.”
ESPN’s Pam Shriver thinks Garcia has a chance but will have to block out the “Let’s Go, Coco” noise.
“It depends on how Garcia handles Ashe’s noisy stadium, it’s 98% for Coco,” Shriver said. “Garcia has never been more confident but Coco has played the last two games very well. Coco is the best player in tennis and everyone is impressed with the maturity of the 18-year-old.”
The Serena Williams slayer is still alive at the US Open and will play her quarter-final match Tuesday on the Card of the Day. Unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic, who ended Williams’ career on Friday, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur. After defeating Williams in a three-set thriller in the third round, the 5-foot-11 Tomljanovic remained a rock in the fourth round with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Ludmilla Samsonova on Sunday night.
“It’s really nice to support a win that got a lot of attention,” she said. “I just felt like it had been a really big 48 hours. I didn’t really feel like myself today all day — a bit exhausted. I think my drive to go further in This tournament was really strong and I didn’t want to stop right after what happened on Friday night. I thought I deserved more. I really wanted to go further.”
Russia’s Andrey Rublev is through to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over No.9 Cameron Norrie. Rublev’s country is nowhere on the scoresheets and scorecards – this is part of this year’s ATP/WTA/USTA policy regarding the Russian war in Ukraine.
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