There are semi-finals and semi-finals. Some look like the Absolute Grail. Others, such as Carolyn Garcia at the US Open after a new force showdown last night against Coco Gauff, have more of a “get back to it” flavor. Even though it will be the first match of his career, we can see the beginning of a bigger dream.
If, however, the adventure against Ons Jabur had come to an end – as would be the reasoning of the rankings –, Caroline García would have sealed a major performance nonetheless, already: in the Open era, she was the only one to reach The eighth is a French woman. After Grand Slam semi-finals – in order – Francois Durr (Wimbledon 1970, Roland-Garros 1972-73), Brigitte Simon (Roland-Garros 1978), Mary Pierce (Roland-Garros 1994, 2000- 05, Australian Open 1995- 97, US Open 2005), Nathalie Touziat (Wimbledon 1998), Emily Mauremo (Australian Open 1999, 2006, Wimbledon 2002-04-05-06, US Open 2002-06), Nathalie Dachey (Australian Open 2005) and Marion Bartoli (Wimbledon 2007) -13, Roland-Garros 2011). For comparison, the French players had 33.
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On this list, Caroline Garcia is also sixth after Durr (Wimbledon 1970), Simon (Roland-Garros 1978), Pierce (Roland-Garros 1994, Australian Open 1995, US Open 2005) to reach the last four without losing a set. Mauresmo (Wimbledon 2005) and Bartoli (Wimbledon 2013). And so she would be the third after Pierce and Mauresmo to play the semi-finals in New York, the first woman to play in the final in 2005 (beaten by Kim Clijsters).
Now, if Garcia wins her next two matches at the Arthur-Ashe Stadium, she will become the first French woman in history to win an American Grand Slam. You read that right: history. Even the giant Suzanne Lenglen never won there, for good reason that she only played there once, in 1921, after being ill and beaten in her first match by Mallory Bjrdstad. But above all, of course, we are still far from it…
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