Coco Gauff, the American sixth seed, effortlessly moved into her maiden US Open women’s singles semi-final with a commanding 6-0, 6-2 victory over Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday.
Gauff, aged 19, set a new record as the first American teenager to advance to the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams achieved the same feat in 2001. This win marks the 16th victory in Gauff’s previous 17 games, emphasizing her strong comeback after an unexpected early Wimbledon departure in July. Her first notable Grand Slam breakthrough was in the previous year when she made it to the Roland Garros finals.
Ostapenko, the 20th seed who came into the match on a winning streak after a victory over world number one Iga Swiatek, was unable to rise to the challenge posed by Gauff’s dominant performance.
Gauff displayed excellent court coverage and precise corner shots from the get-go, winning the first set in just 20 minutes. Ostapenko, a previous French Open champion, managed to briefly level the second set at 1-1 but lost momentum as Gauff quickly recaptured her lead and coasted to an easy finish.
Even after momentarily trailing 0-30 in the final game, Gauff quickly recovered with a double break, leading 5-2 and securing her triumph on her serve. This victory provided Gauff with some satisfaction, avenging her earlier defeat to Ostapenko in the round of 16 at this year’s Australian Open.
Up next for Gauff, who is the youngest American to reach the US Open semi-finals since Serena Williams in 2001, will be either Czech 10th seed and French Open finalist Karolina Muchova or Romanian 30th seed Sorana Cirstea.