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Coco Gauff, 18, reaches U.S. Open quarterfinals for 1st time Top-seeded Sakkari reaches semifinals at Parma Ladies Open Sakkari through to Parma Open quarterfinals; Stephens loses

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NEW YORK. Coco Gauff raised her fist and then shook the index finger of her right hand, responding and further irritating the louder, louder, louder crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium, who were standing and yelling. Gauff’s US Open rival Zhang Shuai covered both ears with her hands to protect them from what she later described as “Boom!” sound.

Gauff and her fans reacted excitedly when the 18-year-old Florida raced to the right of her for a defensive right hand, then changed direction to sprint and slid into a backhand, setting off Zhang’s kick net. Just four points later, Gauff became a Flushing Meadows quarter-finalist for the first time.

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Gauff, who was runner-up at the French Open in June, came back in every set to beat China’s Zhang 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday, becoming the youngest American to reach that spot at the US Open since. like Melanie Udin was 17 years old in 2009. .

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“Here, I can’t hear my own scream. Makes me want to do it more. I guess I feed on impulse a lot. I love it,” said No. 12 seeded Gauff, who faces No. 17 Carolina Garcia of France on Tuesday. “New York brings out a side of me that I haven’t had since I was 15, so it’s nice.”

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Nick Kyrgios is also far better than ever at Flushing Meadows, building momentum in his run to the Wimbledon final in July, and he eliminated defending champion and No. 1 ranked Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (11). 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Sunday night.

Kyrgios, seeded 23rd, acted as usual – he was booked for swearing, yelling at the away box, playing in public – but he also outplayed Medvedev in a quality match.

“I’m just glad that I was finally able to show my talent to New York,” said Kyrgios, who has never made it past the third round of the US Open. “I haven’t had too many great trips here.”

On Tuesday, he will play No. 27 seed Karen Khachanov as the other men’s quarter-final in the top half of the draw takes on 2022 French Open runner-up Kasper Ruud against 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini.

Medvedev will leave the top spot after the US Open and Ruud will join Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz as players with a chance to replace him.

After trailing 5-4 in the first set, then 5-3 in the second, leaving her a point to lose, Gauff was cheered by the crowd, who cheered her every point and chanted “Let’s go, Coco!” as the end approaches. This year she improved her record to 4-0 in Ashe after never having won a single match in the biggest arena in Grand Slam tennis before.

How loud was it?

“It got so noisy in there that it gave me a headache. I had to take Advil,” said Gauff’s father, Corey. “I kept pinching myself. I’m like, “Oh my God, all these people are here because of my daughter.” You dream about it, but you never know if you will make it happen. She pumped herself up and they answered her. I got goosebumps down my back.”

Zhang, the 33-year-old oldest woman to reach the fourth round, said there was more noise than she had ever heard in a match.

She praised Gauff’s performance, calling her a “superstar” and adding, “Everything is very good. She is much younger than me. Her energy is much better. She’s faster. She is powerful.”

They competed mostly from the baseline, and the longer the exchanges went on, the more successful Gauff was, building a 45-26 lead on points that lasted five or more strikes.

Garcia extended her winning streak to 12 games after winning on hard court in Cincinnati, defeating US No. 29 Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-4, 6-1.

“Actually, I am very happy to play with Koko – in the USA, in New York, in the quarterfinals of the Slam tournament. It’s great,” Garcia said.

The other quarter-final in this half of the women’s field will be between Ayla Tomljanovic, the player who beat Serena Williams in the third round, and No. 5 Ons Jabeur, Wimbledon runner-up. Tomljanovich beat Ludmila Samsonova 7-6 (8), 6-1 at the Louis Armstrong Stadium in an unseeded match, while Jabeur defeated No. 18 Veronika Kudermetova 7-6 (1), 6-4.

Tomljanovich is a 29-year-old Australian who is now in her third Grand Slam quarter-final after making it this far at Wimbledon over the past two years. On Wednesday, Tomljanovic beat Williams in three sets in what is expected to be the last match of the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s career.

At Gauff-Zhang, the hum of Ash’s closing retractable roof accompanied the start of the second set, due to downpours that began shortly after, and it took some time for the artificial lights to reach full power. The match continued, although the room was quite dark and quite humid.

Zhang started to play slightly better back and forth in the middle of the second set, and when she landed her own game-winning backhand, she broke down to take a 5-3 lead.

Last year’s US Open doubles champion – she and Sam Stosur beat Gauff and Cathy McNally in the final – served to force the third set and was one point away, but Gauff pulled herself together and stood her ground.

This point of reference was squandered when Zhang sent a long backhand. Gauf slapped—what else? – the third break point winner of this game, who won a series of backhands and then hit back a good corner kick that landed a long backhand to make it 5-4 and start a four-game closing streak.

Everyone has long known how talented Gauff is. Indeed, at the age of 15, she became the youngest participant in the Wimbledon 2019 qualification in history, beat Venus Williams in the first round of the main draw and made it to the fourth. There have been more steps along the way, more accomplishments – last month she became the second-youngest No. 1 doubles in WTA history – and her ever-evolving game – the most notable recent improvements have been in her forehand and second serve – holding. bringing her closer to the top of the singles rankings and a Grand Slam title.

And at the moment, having a full sport of over 20,000 people in Ashe doesn’t hurt either.

“She found a home there,” Dad said. “Hopefully she will play there until the end of the tournament.”

PARMA, Italy. First-place Maria Sakkari edged out 97th-place Marina Zanevskaya 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semi-final since the grass season.

Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a place in the clay court final after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.

In her previous semi-final, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-place Greek player was eliminated by Wang Siu in the second round of the US Open on 31 August.

In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sheriff of Egypt beat American rival Lauren Davis 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to her second career semi-final. Sheriff will then face Ana Bogdan, who defeated Romanian compatriot Irina Camellia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).

PARMA, Italy – First-place finisher Maria Sakkari beat Arancia Rus 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Parma Ladies Open.

Sakkari, who accepted a late card wild card for the red clay court tournament, played in her first tournament since losing to Wang Siyu in the second round of the US Open.

The Greek will play Marina Zanevskaya from Belgium, who beat Dalma Galfi 6-1, 6-3.

Fourth-placed Sloane Stevens of the United States, the 2017 US Open champion, lost to Danka Kovinic 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.

Kovinic will face Jasmine Paolini in the quarterfinals after the Italian defeated compatriot Elisabetta Cocciaretto 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

However, there will be an American in the final eight as Lauren Davis rallied to beat Sarah Sorribes Tormo 3–6, 6–4, 7–5. Sorribes Tormo eliminated runner-up Martina Trevisan in straight sets in the first round.

Davis will face Mayar Sheriff after the Egyptian defeated Simone Waltert 6-3, 7-6 (1).

In addition, Romania’s Irina-Camellia Begu, who placed third, overtook Italy’s Matilda Paoletti 6:4, 6:4 to advance to the quarter-finals against Ana Bogdan, who placed sixth, who beat Anna Karolina Shmidlova 6:2, 3:6. 6-3.


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