After Coco Gauff booked her place in the US Open quarterfinals by defeating Shuai Zhang, ATP number 111 Stefan Kozlov complimented the American tennis icon for her behavior on the court, placing the 18-year-old over any athlete in the world, including tennis stars like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.
“Coco Gauff is the most impressive athlete I’ve seen. Attitude through the roof, relentless fighting spirit,” Kozlov wrote. Coco Gauff beat Shuai Zhang 7-5, 7-5 in an hour and 56 minutes in their fourth-round match .
Gauff had 33 winners to Zhang’s 26 and 25 unforced errors to the latter’s 29.
Gauff will meet Garcia in the quarterfinals
The 17th-seeded Caroline Garcia ousted the 29th-seeded Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-4, 6-1 in their fourth-round match to book a quarterfinals showdown with Coco Gauff.
The Frenchwoman needed an hour and 22 minutes to wrap up the win. The 2022 US Open quarter-final’s the second Major quarter-final of the 28-year-old’s career. The only other time she reached a Grand Slam quarter-final was at the French Open in 2017.
Gauff was eliminated from the doubles competition
Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff were forced to attack an important umpire call in the deciding tie-break of the first doubles round of the US Open as they faced the pair of Leylah Fernandez and Daria Saville.
When the score was 7-5 for Fernandez-Saville in the championship tie-break, and Gauff was about to smash an easy ball from near the net, Daria Saville yelled ‘let’ because a piece of debris had entered the field.
Gauff and Saville immediately protested to the umpire.” Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula accused the umpire of “stealing points” after he allowed the opposition to call ‘let’ during the middle of a point.
Gauff and Pegula went on to lose the third-set championship tie-break,” Eurosport described the event. “It’s not fair, you’re taking points away from us for the second time. You’re stealing points from us,” said Gauff.
See the video of the moment here: Pegula defends Gauff, swears in face of umpire “stealing points” in crucial tie-break