Whatever happened in this one there was always going to be a first time Grand Slam Semi finalist. The one who would be kicking herself for not making it will no doubt be the American teenager. Coco blew 4 set points in the first set to go on to lose it on a tie break. Playing with the confidence of a veteran she raced to a 3-0 lead but Barbora came back with some scintillating hitting. Watch 3-0 adv Barbora on her serve. This point was crucial as going a double break down was almost certainly curtains for the Czech, finished off with a forehand punishing a short forehand from Coco. Coco returned the favor with postage stamps in the crucial twelfth game of the set at 6-5 deuce. Net cord did Barbora a favor there but she chose the wrong shot to play. Watch the swinging forehand, with wrist action from Cori.
Fine margins. With Coco set to wrap up the set in the very same game at Advantage on deuce, watch the backhand clip the line from Barbora. As we all know Coco isn’t comfortable on the baseline. Go to the tie break with the American leading 6-4. BARBORA BEGAN TO FIND THOSE CORNERS and the rest WAS HISTORY. The Czech taking the tie break, Gauff looking deflated. The second set went true to form. Gauff’s confidence shot, Barbora seized the game by the neck going double break up at 5-0 and cruising. Watch her find the line again with that back hand at 4-0(40-15). At least Coco made a fight out of it breaking back after going 3 match points down at 0-40 giving Barbora the same baseline treatment on the first of those points. But Coco had dug a hole too big to climb out of. Eventually she lost the set 6-3. The wild shanked forehand on match point 40-0 at 5-3 summing up her miserable afternoon.