Cori Gauff has been nothing short of commanding in her matches so far at Flushing Meadows. Not dropping a set so far in a very open draw , she is well set to make another grand slam final. She faces Caroline Garcia of France who is having her best season yet with titles in Poland and Cincinnati to show for it. What impressed me the most about Coco is his serve, it sets her in good stead for the entire point. It kind of negates that progress that her return game has not been as good. The point of the match came early on in the first set at 2-0 Garcia 40-30, the Frenchwoman already a break up. The decision making at crucial times the downfall of the American , check out the cross court backhand instead of the easy down the line winner midpoint. From there on it was scrambling and panic stations to stay in it. Coco threatened a mini fight back down 4-0, but with a double break down dug herself a massive hole. Caroline on the other hand, a first time Grand Slam quarter finalist(a late bloomer at 28 years of age) was steely in winning points on her serve,71% of points won thereof. Her point construction is the best around, check out 4-2 advantage Garcia on deuce. Baits Coco to leave one side of the court open to strike with that monster forehand of hers. 6-3 first set Garcia.
You have to go back 5 years for the last time an American won the ladies US Open title. Coco being the only one left in the draw had such heavy weight on very young shoulders. Watch first game second set Advantage Coco on deuce. Coco’s serve and attempt was on point as play variation was needed , Garcia more than dominating the rallies. The net coverage wasn’t great leaving a big gap right side of court. That was the turning point as far as the complexion of the match went. Garcia again took charge of the set at 2-0. Caroline didn’t always dominate the rallies as first point of the third game showed. Good turning of defense into attack from the American, Caroline caught flat footed for once. The break of serve early was enough for the Frenchwoman to seize victory and book a semi final spot against Ons Jabeur on Thursday. However Coco’s powers of recovery from going a break early need working on. That means working on the psychological aspects of the game.