This is a great first for Caroline Garcia. Victorious over American Coco Gauff (6-3, 6-4) this Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the US Open, the Frenchwoman reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, to challenge Ons Jabeur, Thursday, September 8 in New York. The Lyonnaise and the Tunisian are 28 years old and know each other quite well, since they have faced each other on the junior circuit. Eight figures set the stage for this duel between two players whose styles are not very common on the circuit.
0 defeat of Jabeur against Garcia
Ons Jabeur remains undefeated on the WTA Tour against Caroline Garcia, with two wins in the first round of the 2019 US Open and in the second round of the 2020 Australian Open. Even worse for the French fans, the situation was the same on the junior circuit, with four wins for the Tunisian in four matches in Roland-Garros (in the 2nd round in 2010, in the semifinals in 2011), Wimbledon (in the 1st round in 2010) and… the US Open (in the quarterfinals in 2010). Of these four clashes between youngsters, the one that was at best 5th in the world among juniors took only one set of which he reached 4th place.
0 sets lost by Garcia
In this 2022 edition of the US Open, Caroline García has not lost a set. She even gave up, on average, just 2.7 games per set. It’s almost double for Ons Jabeur (4.3), who dropped the first set to American Shelby Rodgers in the third round (4-6, 6-4, 6-3). She is above all the only semi-finalist who has not conceded any round during the fortnight.
Garcia’s 13 wins in a row
Since her victory against Diane Parry on August 13 in the first qualifying round in Cincinnati, Caroline Garcia has had 13 wins in a row, winning the third WTA 1000 of her career, the first since September 2017 (Beijing). Ons Jabeur then lost in the third round to Petra Kvitova and is therefore “only” committed to a run of five straight wins at this US Open.
12 places difference in the world ranking
Prior to this US Open, On Jabeur was ranked 5th in the WTA, while Caroline Garcia had risen to 17th. Twelve places therefore separated the two players at the start of the New York fortnight. If the Tunisian reached second place in the WTA ranking on June 27 after her final at Wimbledon, the Frenchwoman rose to fourth place on September 10, 2018, after reaching the 3rd round of the US Open, her best result in this tournament so far. Next Monday, Jabeur is already guaranteed to be runner-up to Iga Swiatek again. As for Garcia, she will take at least 7th place.
1st for the African continent
The first Arab player to win a WTA 1000 tournament in May in Madrid, Ons Jabeur became the first player from the African continent to qualify for the US Open semifinals. In the other Grand Slam tournaments, the South Africans Annette du Plooy, Yvonne Vermaak and Amanda Coetzer had also achieved this performance.
8th Frenchman in the semifinals of a Grand Slam
After Françoise Dürr, Brigitte Simon, Mary Pierce, Nathalie Tauziat, Amélie Mauresmo, Nathalie Dechy and Marion Bartoli, Caroline Garcia has become the eighth Frenchwoman, in the Open era (since 1968), to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam .
Only two of them achieved this performance at the US Open (Pierce, Mauresmo), and only Mary Pierce qualified for the final, losing to Kim Clijsters in 2005. Among these eight French women in the semifinals, four reached the final (Pierce, Tauziat at Wimbledon 1998, Mauresmo and Bartoli), and three wins (Pierce at the Australian Open 1995 and Roland Garros 2000, Amélie Mauresmo at the Australian Open 2006 and at Wimbledon 2006, then Bartoli at Wimbledon 2013).
3 – Caroline Garcia is only the third French player to reach the US Open semifinals in the Open Era after Amelie Mauresmo (2002 and 2006) and Mary Pierce (2005). Excursions.@WTA @WTA_insider #US Open #USOpentennis #USOpen2022 pic.twitter.com/btkWc8PDCD
– OptaAce (@OptaAce) September 7, 2022
Gap of 68 minutes on the courts
Caroline García played her longest match at this US Open in the quarterfinals against Coco Gauff (1h37), totaling 407 minutes on court in five matches. Ons Jabeur played 68 more minutes (475 in total), in particular because of her confrontation with Shelby Rodgers (2h17).
3 titles this season for García, 2 for Jabeur
In addition to Cincinnati, Caroline Garcia also won the Bad Homburg (Germany) and Warsaw tournaments this year. That makes 10 WTA titles in the Frenchwoman’s career, against three for Ons Jabeur, victorious in 2022 in Madrid and Berlin.
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