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US OPEN: GAUFF SET FOR GARCIA AS ONS JABEUR FACE AJLA IN QUARTER-FINAL

America’s Coco Gauff will battle Carolina Garcia in the last eight at the Flushing Meadows having defeated Shaui Zhang 7-5 7-5 in their second career.

Gauff who is 12 seeded has been in super form at the tournament en route to the last eight where she is yet to drop a set, her match with the Chinese is already generating attention. Obviously being predicted to be a tough one. Both had met in Miami earlier this year with the American coming out victorious.

Prior to what to expect in the quarter final, the match against Zhang saw early exchange of breaks in the opening set, with Gauff smartly again breaking Zhang’s serve in the penultimate game before serving out the set.

In the fifth game the Chinese tennis star did work, had to save two break points and went ahead to break the eight, Gauff struggle throwing in regular double faults. Before that in the second set the stadium roof was closed following the rain that started at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and the teenage American had recovered from averting dangers.

Coco’s quick returns came to play again in the match, bouncing back to reel off four straight games-saving a break point in her quest to edge out her opponent. Obviously she was on the cruiser drive delivering her shot.

Playing in her home, she was excited with the crowd response cheering and chanting her name at the Arthur Ashe Stadium which she has now achieved a 2-0 career meeting advantage over Shuai Zhang.

The 18 year- old further felt her mentality so far has been wonderful getting to the quarter final, especially in her home, “This tournament has always been special for me, growing up watching it. I’m just so excited to continue to play and experience the atmosphere.” Coco Gauff, said.

Her opponent in the last eight Garcia defeated Gauff compatriot, American Alison –Amtrittraj 6-4 6-1, achieving an unbeaten run in ten singles matches en route to the anticipated explosive match. Garcia will attempt to surpass her previously best achievement in Grand Slam reaching the last eight on the clay of Roland Garros in 2017.

Meanwhile, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur will clash with giant killer Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic who defeated Serena Williams in her retirement career match on Friday. Tomljanovic had defeated Russia’s Ludmilla Samsonova 7-6 (10-8) 6-1. While, Ons Jbeur oust Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova 7-6 (7-1) 6-4. 

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