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Australian Open: Coco Gauff advances to the semi-finals in Melbourne at the expense of Marta Kostyuk – a roller-coaster ride in the quarter-finals

Australian Open: Coco Gauff advances to the semi-finals in Melbourne at the expense of Marta Kostyuk – a roller-coaster ride in the quarter-finals

“I'm really proud of the fight you showed today. You left it all on the field,” Gauff said. In the first set, Kostyuk was already leading 5-1 and wasted two set points at 5-2 and then 6-5 in the tie-break. Gauff, in turn, used it for the first time to make it 8-6 and she remained a flawless starter in the fifth game in Melbourne.

The American also landed the first blow in the second round, but out of frustration, the Ukrainian threw her racket away at 2:3. At 5:3, Gauff was already close to reaching the semifinals, but allowed the world number 37, who had never reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal before, to draw again (5:5).

After twelve breaks in 22 service matches so far, both players suddenly dropped their serves. Entered the second tie-break, which this time was clearly controlled by Kostyuk (7-3).

Jove looked thoughtful. Both players left Rod Laver Arena in the shade at just under 30 degrees to make a short change and take a break, which clearly helped fourth place in the world rankings in particular.

Kostyuk is desperate in the third set

As in the second set, the American started better with two breaks of serve in the deciding round. Looking desperate, Kostyuk threw her racket again at 0:2 0-40 and struggled to hold her box.

Gauff in an interview: This is how we were able to catch up with the first group

In general, the match experienced more tension than separation; The two opponents committed a total of 107 unforced errors (Kostyuk 56, Gauff 51) with only 56 winners (Kostyuk 39, Gauff 17). In the end there were 16 breaks (7/14 Kostyuk, 9/22 Gauff).

Gauff scored only six more points than Kostyuk (126:120). Expert Barbara Rittner said: “The bottom line is that Kostyuk deserved to win the match.” Eurosport: “She lost the match in the first set when she had two set points. She still lacks a little bit of inner calm and looseness. For me, just in terms of playing, she has the quality needed to finish in the top five.”


Ritner's analysis: This is why Gauff beat Kostyuk

Goff now against Sabalenka?

In the semi-finals, the American could now face Aryna Sabalenka (No. 2), who must first defeat former French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic/No. 9) in the night session (live taping).
It will be a repeat of the US Open final won by Gauff. In direct duels, it is 4:2 for the American. If the tournament goes well, the 19-year-old could replace Sabalenka in second place in the world rankings.

Gauff has been in impressive form so far in 2024. At the start of the year, the world number four convincingly defended her title at the WTA Championships in Auckland and is 10-0 on the year.


Incredible pool! Kostyuk gives everything against Gauff

Kostyuk moves into the top 30

Kostyuk had previously only reached the last 16 at a major tournament (2021 French Open). To reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, she can look forward to pocketing $600,000 AUD (about €360,000) in prize money. She will also move into the top 30 of the world rankings for the first time.

World number one Iga Swiatek surprisingly failed in the third round against Linda Noskova (Czech Republic), who will meet Ukrainian qualifier Dayana Yastremska (live recording) in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The quarter-finals will continue with the confrontation between Russian Anna Kalinskaya and Chinese Qinwen Cheng (No. 12) in the night session on Wednesday. Kostyuk, Nosková, Yastremska and Kalinskaya were all first-time major quarterfinal participants.

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