Coco Gauff has become the first American female teenager to reach the US Open semifinal since Serena Williams in 2001. On Tuesday, 19-year-old Gauff dominated Jelena Ostapenko 6-0 6-2 in the US Open quarterfinal. Over 20 years ago, Williams won the 1999 US Open as a 17-year-old girl.
In the next two years, Williams made the US Open quarterfinal and final, respectively. Now, American women’s tennis has a teenage US Open semifinalist for the first time since Williams in 2001. In the US Open semifinal, Gauff will be taking on Karolina Muchova.
Gauff emulates Williams’ US Open feat
After losing in the US Open quarterfinal last year, Gauff has gone a step further this year.Against Ostapenko, Gauff delivered a clinical performance. In the US Open round-of-16, Ostapenko stunned top-seeded Iga Swiatek.
Tuesday, Gauff came out on the court sharply focused as she was well aware of how the Latvian can play when she gets in the zone. In the end, there wasn’t any drama as Gauff surprisingly easily beat Ostapenko. But after the match, Gauff admitted she didn’t feel comfortable until the moment the win was officially sealed against Ostapenko.“It feels great. I’m so happy. Last year I lost at the quarter-final stage, I wanted to do better this year. I still have a long way to go, but I’m happy and I’m ready to get back to work for the next one!
Honestly, I didn’t feel comfortable at all, the whole match – even when up the match points. I know the game she plays, she has the ability to come back, no matter the scoreline. I was just trying to play every ball, trying my best to be as aggressive as I could. She is a tough player, she had a great tournament,” Gauff said after beating Ostapenko.