US Open: Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur up the tempo at Flushing Meadows; reach SF

Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur up the pace in Flushing Meadows; reach SF

Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur advanced to the semifinals in the lower half of the 2022 US Open on Tuesday. In the first semi-final, fifth-seeded Tunisia defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 7-6(4) in an hour and 41 minutes.

The opening set had three breaks, two of which came on the Australian’s serve. Jabeur raced ahead thanks to a break in game three of the set but returned it in game six to level the set with three to all.

However, Tomljanovic failed to cement the breakbacks and Jabeur broke back to rise again in the match. Three games later, Jabeur served out the set to 15. In the second set, both players struggled to hold their serve.

Jabeur took the lead twice in Tomljanovic’s set break in the first game and five, but she conceded the break both times. In game eight, a break on Jabeur’s serve gave Tomljanovic a chance to serve for the set and equalize proceedings, but she was heartbroken to love.

In the tie-break, both players exchanged a mini-break before Jabeur benefited from the first match point on her serve. The 2022 Wimbledon finalist had 29 winners, more than double Tomljanovic’s 12, and had 30 unforced errors, six more than the latter’s 24.

US Open: Caroline Garcia soaring

In the second semifinal, 17th seed Garcia defeated 12th seed Coco Gauff 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes. Gauff had no chance to turn in the opener as Garcia secured a double break lead for a 4-0 lead.

But while consolidating the second break to lead 5-0, Garcia lost control of the set for a few minutes and Gauff was finally able to open her tally on the scoreboard. After that, the French didn’t let up and served the set in the ninth game.

The second set continued the same as the first, with the only difference being Gauff’s one break of serve in the opening game. Garcia consolidated the break and held it long enough to secure the match in game 10 when she served for it.

Garcia had 24 winners and 22 unforced errors while Gauff had 18 winners and 24 unforced errors. The 28-year-old won 78% of her points on the first serve, while the American won 64%. Garcia was also particularly effective at net, winning 13 of the 16 points played there.

In comparison, Gauff struggled at the net and won six of the eleven points in this zone. Both Ons Jabeur and Caroline Garcia are semifinalists at the US Open for the first time. However, where this is Garcia’s first time reaching the semifinals of a Major, her 28-year-old opponent comes with more experience reaching those stages of the slam. Credit: Simon Bruty/USTA

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