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

Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur advanced to the bottom half semifinals of the 2022 US Open on Tuesday. In the first semi-final, the Tunisian fifth seed beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 41 minutes.

The opening set had three break exchanges, two of which were on the Aussie’s serve. Jabeur took the lead through a break in the third game of the set but gave it back in the sixth game, leveling the set at three all.

However, Tomljanovic was unable to consolidate the break and Jabeur broke to get back into the game once again. Three games later, Jabeur served the set at 15. The second set saw both players struggling to hold serve.

Jabeur twice took the lead on Tomljanovic’s set break in the first and fifth games but both times she conceded the break. In the eighth game, a break on Jabeur’s serve gave Tomljanovic the chance to serve for the set and level the proceedings, but it was broken for love.

In the tie-break, the two players exchanged a mini-break before Jabeur capitalized on the first match point, on his serve. The Wimbledon 2022 runner-up hit 29 winners, more than double Tomljanovic’s 12 and committed 30 unforced errors, six more than the latter’s 24.

US Open: Caroline Garcia flies away

Meanwhile, in the second semifinal, 17th-seeded Garcia beat 12th-seeded Coco Gauff 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes. Gauff had no way to turn in the first set as Garcia secured a double lead for a 4-0 lead.

However, while serving to shore up the second break for a 5-0 lead, Garcia lost his grip on the set for a few minutes and Gauff was finally able to open his tally on the scoreboard. Thereafter, there was no letting up from the Frenchwoman and she served the set in the ninth game.

The second set continued in the same way as the first but with the only difference that there was only one break of serve, that of Gauff, in the opening game. Garcia cemented the break and held it long enough to secure the game for herself in the 10th game, 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 first-serve points while the American won 64%. Garcia was also particularly effective at net as she won 13 of 16 points played there.

By comparison, Gauff struggled at the net, winning six of 11 points in that area. Ons Jabeur and Caroline Garcia are both semi-finalists at the US Open. However, while this is Garcia’s first time reaching the semi-finals of a Major, his 28-year-old opponent comes with more experience to reach those Grand Slam stages. Photo credit: Simon Bruty/USTA

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