Coco Gauff’s US Open semi-final opponent confirmed as Karolina Muchova beats Sorana Cirstea in straight sets to book a place in the last four in New York
- Karolina Muchova won 6-0, 6-3 to book her place in the US Open semi-finals
- Afterwards, the Czech star called the victory “unbelievable” and “unbelievable”.
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Karolina Muchova beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-3 on Tuesday to set up a US Open semi-final against American Coco Gauff.
Muchova, seeded 10th, hit 32 winners and played outstanding defense to defeat 33-year-old Cirstea at Arthur Ashe Stadium and reach her first US Open semi-final.
‘Amazing. It’s a very nice win and this stadium, I mean, amazing,” Muchova said.
“Thank you to everyone who came and cheered. »
French Open runner-up Muchova got off to a fast start and took a 3-0 lead before fending off nine break points to win a marathon game and make it 4-0.
Karolina Muchova celebrates after defeating Sorana Cirstea in the quarter-finals
Muchova now faces a tough match against popular young American Coco Gauff
Gauff previously dispatched Jelena Ostapenko with relative ease on Arthur Ashe
Backhand from a flustered Cirstea then landed wide to give her opponent a 5-0 lead and Muchova completed the bagel in the following game.
After a heated conversation with her coach during the break between sets, Cirstea held on to start the second and made it 2-0 when her charge towards the net caused Muchova to miss a pass shot.
But Muchova immediately fought back, and again for a 4-3 lead, she didn’t give up as her net play, accurate lobs and precise serve won the day.
Cirstea missed a swinging volley to create match point, which Muchova converted with a forehand winner to end the fight in just over an hour and a half.
Cirstea fought back after being beaten in the first set, but it wasn’t enough for the win
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Next up for Muchova is Gauff, who beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-0 6-2 earlier today. The Czech said she knew she would face both the 19-year-old American and her home crowd on Friday.
“Obviously, she’s an incredible player. She has the local audience here,” she said.
“It’s going to be very tough but I want to enjoy this win and then I’ll try to fight Coco.”
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; editing by Peter Rutherford)