Coco Gauff Becomes Youngest American To Reach U.S. Open...

Coco Gauff became the youngest American quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open since Melanie Oudin in 2009. Gauff hit 33 winners against 25 unforced errors and broke Zhang Shuai five times.

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Follow along with Yahoo Sports as we recap the biggest moments from the seventh day of the U.S. Open.

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Kyrgios ends Medvedev's reign as US Open champion and ensures there will be a new world No 1 when the tournament finishes

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Coco Gauff, 18, reaches US Open quarterfinals for 1st time

The 18-year-old reached the quarterfinals for the first time

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2022 US Open Day 7: Coco Gauff survives challenge, Ruud and...

Day 7 of the US Open had great tennis. Coco Gauff won a tough match, while Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud advanced to play one another

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Rejuvenated Zhang Shuai on late career turnaround, Coco...

China's Zhang Shuai, 33, has gone from a winless record at Grand Slams to a first-ever US Open fourth-round berth, proving that age is no barrier to success.

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Coco Gauff defeats Shuai Zhang to advance to US Open...

Serena Williams has to pass the torch to somebody, so might as well be 18-year-old Coco Gauff of Delray Beach, Fla.

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Opinion | Coco Gauff, the new It Girl at Flushing Meadows,...

Serena Williams, Gauff said, taught her that she doesn’t have to settle for less.

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Coco Gauff advances to her 1st US Open quarterfinal

NEW YORK (AP) — Coco Gauff reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time by coming back in each set to beat Zhang Shuai of China 7-5, 7-5 in front of a partisan crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.The 18-year-old Floridian, the runner-up at the French Open in June, trailed 5-4 in the opening set, then 5-3 in the second, which she was a point from losing.But buoyed by spectators who cheered her every point, chanted “Let’s go, Coco!” as the end neared and prompted Zhang to cover her ears with her hands, Gauff improved to 4-0 in Ashe this year. She’d never previously won a match at the biggest arena in Grand Slam tennis.“It feels insane. I mean, Ashe Stadium chanting my name?” Gauff, yet to drop a set in the tournament, said during her on-court interview. “I was trying not to smile on the bench on the changeover. I was trying to stay in the moment.”Gauff is the youngest American woman into the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Melanie Oudin was 17 in 2009.Gauff also was the player from any country in the fourth round of the women’s bracket at Flushing Meadows this year. Zhang, at 33, was the oldest.They both competed mostly from the baseline, trading powerful groundstrokes, especially on the backhand side, which both players favor. And the longer the exchanges, the more success Gauff found: She claimed 45 points that lasted five or more strokes, while Zhang won 26 of those.Now the 12th-seeded Gauff will move on to face No. 17 Caroline Garcia of France, who is playing as well as anyone at the moment, coming off a hard-court title at Cincinnati right before play began in New York.Garcia eliminated No. 29 Alison Riske-Amritraj of the U.S. 6-4, 6-1 to, like, Gauff, earn her debut berth in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.Indeed, none of the eight women in action Sunday had ever been past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows before; only two have ever been to the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament: Gauff and No. 5 Ons Jabeur, once apiece.Jabeur, who got to the final at Wimbledon in July, was scheduled to meet No. 18 Veronika Kudermetova at night.Gauff kept creating opportunities with her best shot, a down-the-line backhand. That’s what forced the error by Zhang to hand over a break for a 6-5 lead for the American. It’s what produced a winner to close out the first set.The whirring of the Ashe retractable roof being pulled shut accompanied the start of the second set because of showers that started soon after, and it took a while for the artificial lights to reach full strength. The match proceeded, even though it was rather dark — and quite humid — indoors.“The first two games were tough,” Gauff said.Zhang started getting a bit better of the back-and-forth midway through the second set, and when she hit a backhand winner of her own, she broke to lead 5-3.The Grand Slam doubles champoin served to force a third set there, and was a point away from getting there, but Gauff steeled herself and stood her ground.That set point was frittered away when Zhang sent a backhand long. Gauff then smacked — what else? — a down-the-line backhand winner for her third break point of that game, then delivered a good return to a corner that drew a long backhand to make it 5-4 and start a four-game, match-closing run.

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Coco Gauff becomes youngest American woman to reach U.S....

Gauff became the youngest U.S. player since Melanie Oudin in 2009 to reach the Open quarterfinals. 

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