World No. 2 Arina Sabalenka (Belarus) and World No. 6 Coco Goff (USA) will meet in the women’s singles final at the US Open, the final major tennis event of the 2023 season.
Goff defeated World No. 10 Karolina Muhova (CZE) 2-0 (6-4 7-5) in two hours and three minutes in the women’s singles semifinals on the 12th day of competition at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Monday (Aug. 8).
In the other semifinal, Sabalenka came from behind to defeat world No. 17 Madison Keys (USA) 2-1 (0-6 7-6<7-1> 7-6<10-5>) in a match that went to two tiebreaks in two hours and 32 minutes.
The 19-year-old Goff is being touted as a “new kid on the block. In 2019, she became the youngest player ever to qualify for Wimbledon at 15 years, 122 days old. She was runner-up at the French Open last year.
Sabalenka’s power comes from her 6-foot-2 frame. She is one of the world’s top servers. She has reached the semifinals of five consecutive majors, starting with the US Open last year. She will be looking for her second title after the Australian Open, where she reached the top of the rankings for the first time in her career.
Goff leads the head-to-head series 3-2. However, in their most recent meeting at this year’s Indian Wells Open, Savalenka won 2-0. This is the first time both Goff and Sabalenka have reached the US Open singles final.
Goff’s match was marred by a surprise protest from four environmentalists in the stands, which led to a 40-minute stoppage. Three of the activists were ejected early, but the fourth had his feet glued to the floor of the stands and it took some time for play to resume. “If that’s what the environmentalists felt they needed to do to make their voices heard, I can’t be mad at them,” Goff said after the match.
Earlier, Sabalenka dropped the first set 0-6 and looked to be out of the quarterfinals for the third year in a row, but she showed great resilience to come back in two tiebreaks. In the third-set tiebreak, she was up seven points and then appeared to let go of her racket in celebration, mistakenly believing she was through to the final 카지노사이트.
Tiebreaks are usually won by the first player to reach seven points, but in the final set of a major, there is a 10-all tiebreak.