Local hero Coco Gauff was the first player to reach the semifinals at the US Open with a show of force.
The 19-year-old American defeated Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia 6-0, 6-2, making the world number six in the last four of one of the four Grand Slams for the second time since the 2022 French Open.
“I never felt safe, to be honest,” said the winner: “It’s always difficult against them because you can’t play aggressively against them. You really have to play every point individually.”
Ostapenko criticizes early appointment
The number 21 in the world rankings made 15 so-called unforced mistakes, in the end it was 36 points that she more or less gave Gauff.
After the disastrous first set, which lasted only 20 minutes, Ostapenko recovered a bit. In phases in which she could have turned the match around again, she didn’t stand a chance against Gauff, who was very concentrated and consistent.
After the game, the Latvian complained about the early start of the game after having to play the night session against Swiatek two days earlier. “I couldn’t really recover from the night,” she said. “I arrived at the hotel at 2 a.m. and wanted to sleep at 3 a.m., but I was still full of adrenaline, so that didn’t work.”
Ostapenko feels drained
So she couldn’t sleep “until 5 or 6 a.m.”. “I think that’s a bit crazy,” she criticized the appointment at 12:00 p.m. (local time) the following day, especially since Gauff was given a few hours more recovery time.
After the Swiatek match, she was also officially told that she would play against Gauff again in the night session. When she said the schedule for 12:00 p.m., she thought, “Wow, that’s a weird schedule.”
The American will meet Soreana Cirstea (Romania) or Karolina Muchova (Czech Republic) on the way to her second Grand Slam final after the French Open last year, where she failed in the fight for the title at Swiatek.
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