Garcia makes her first major semi-final, discusses prior Sharapova pressure

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 at 16:30
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World No.17 Caroline Garcia defeated Coco Gauff 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter finals of the US Open to get to her first ever major semi-final

Here is what Garcia had to say about her quarter final win.
"It was a very intense match. Every point, every game was really tough. The atmosphere was really American with a lot of energy out there. I'm just very happy with the performance today, to manage the emotion in my game."
This compared to the pressure she felt after beating Maria Sharapova back in 2011 and how she was not ready to become that player.
"Yeah, it was definitely a challenge. When it was 2011 after the Sharapova match, it was a lot of pressure coming from actually nowhere. I was 150, 200 in the world, 17 years old. My game was not ready. I was not able to play that consistent, this kind of level. The weeks after I went back trying to play the same level, but it was not possible for me," Garcia added.
"It was tough because people were expecting a lot. But the game, I was not ready for anything of that. It took me some time to come step by step to the top. End of 2017, 2018 was great year, a lot of success. Yeah, I made some mistake. We made some mistake. I really hope and I think we learn from it."
Gauff came back making it 4-2 however Caroline Garcia kept composed to finish the first set 6-3.
The match wasn’t always plain sailing for Garcia as Gauff almost got back into the set with Garcia having a slim lead of 3-2 and 4-3.
But ultimately Caroline Garcia showed too much composure for Coco Gauff as the World No.17 won 6-4 and went through to the semi final.
Garcia will be desperate to be the first Frenchwoman to make the US Open final since 2005 she could make that happen if she beats Ons Jabeur on Thursday.

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