Coco Gauff’s US Open semi-final opponent is confirmed as Karolina Muchova beats Sorana Cirstea in straight sets to book last-four spot in New York
- Karolina Muchova won 6-0, 6-3 to book her spot in the US Open semi-final
- Afterwards, the Czech star called the victory ‘incredible’ and ‘unbelievable’
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Karolina Muchova overwhelmed Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-3 on Tuesday to set up a U.S. Open semi-final against American Coco Gauff.
Muchova, seeded 10th, smacked 32 winners and played outstanding defense to see off the 33-year-old Cirstea at Arthur Ashe Stadium and reach her first U.S Open semi.
‘Unbelievable. It’s a really sweet victory and this stadium, I mean, incredible,’ Muchova said.
‘Thank you to everyone who came and cheered.’
French Open finalist Muchova got off to a quick start and raced out to a 3-0 lead before fending off nine break points to win a marathon game and extend to 4-0.
Karolina Muchova celebrates after beating Sorana Cirstea in their quarter-final match
Muchova now faces a tough match against the popular young American Coco Gauff
Gauff had earlier dispatched of Jelena Ostapenko with relative ease on Arthur Ashe
A flustered Cirstea’s backhand then landed wide to put her opponent up 5-0 and Muchova completed the bagel the next game.
After an animated conversation with her coach during the break between sets, Cirstea held to start the second and broke for 2-0 when her charge to the net caused Muchova to miss a passing shot.
But Muchova broke right back, and again for a 4-3 lead she would not relinquish as her net play, precise lobs and pinpoint serving carried the day.
Cirstea missed a swinging volley to set up match point, which Muchova converted with a forehand winner to end the contest in just over an hour and a half.
Cirstea fought back after being bageled in the first set, but it was not enough for the win
Former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson was among a star-studded crowd at the US Open
Next up for Muchova is Gauff, who was a 6-0 6-2 winner over Jelena Ostapenko earlier in the day. The Czech said she knows she will be up against both the 19-year-old American and the home crowd on Friday.
‘Obviously she’s an amazing player. She has the home crowd here,’ she said.
‘It’s going to be very tough but I want to enjoy this win and then I’ll try to put up a battle against Coco.’
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford )