Coco Gauff ousted in quarterfinals;  Casper Ruud moves on

Coco Gauff ousted in quarterfinals; Casper Ruud moves on

Caroline Garcia never really let Coco Gauff — or the crowd — get fully involved in their US Open quarterfinal on Tuesday night.

From early on, Garcia played high-stakes tennis and put strokes where she wanted, sometimes right at Gauff’s feet, sometimes well out of reach. In contrast to the early success Gauff, still just 18, has experienced, it’s been a long journey for Garcia, who now gets to play in the first Grand Slam semifinal of her career at age 28.

The 17th-seeded Garcia took charge at the start and never relented in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the 12th-seeded Gauff at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I just go for my shots,” Garcia said, “even when I’m stressed.”

She had lost both of her two previous matches against Gauff, who was the runner-up at the French Open in June, but was by far the better player this time.

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