Gauff ends Wozniacki run to reach US Open quarter-finals for second time

Coco Gauff defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 3-6 6-1 to book her place in the fourth round of the US Open.

The 19-year-old is 14 years younger than her Danish opponent, and she was able to maintain her focus despite Hollywood director Spike Lee watching courtside.

Wozniacki fell behind in the early stages as the American won the first set 6-3, before the Dane levelled by the same score with Gauff unable to avoid a crucial unforced error, meaning the match would go the distance.

With the scores at 5-3 in Wozniacki’s favour, Gauff told her coach Brad GIlbert to, “Please stop,” as he offered her advice to help turn the tide.

Wozniacki then broke in the opening of the third set to mean Gauff had lost four consecutive games to leave her chances in peril, leading to Gauff aiming more criticism at Gilbert.

Gauff then came into her own in the decisive third set as she raced to a 6-1 winning margin after that wobble, and with the match complete her five aces to Wozniacki’s one demonstrated her superior power at the close.

Muchova works hard for win

Muchova defeated Xinyu Wang 6-3 5-7 6-1 as the No. 10 seed stayed on course for a second 2023 Grand Slam final.

Muchova lost last year in New York in the first round after battling with injuries, but now looks close to her best.

The 27-year-old Czech has emerged as a surprise contender for the tournament this month, and was a losing finalist against Iga Swiatek at Roland-Garros in Paris in June.

“I’m really glad I finished it and it’s over,” Muchova said on court after her win. “In the third set, I came to my game, to slice it more and change the rhythm – it was the key, actually.”

She will play world No. 30 Sorana Cirstea in the quarter-finals on Tuesday after she defeated Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-3.

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