Sep 8, 2023, 4:36 pm ET in Tennis
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Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka Secure Thrilling Spots in US Open Final

Gauff’s Triumph Over Muchova

Coco Gauff faced an unexpected challenge on her path to the historic US Open final, but she emerged triumphant. The young tennis sensation showcased her prowess, defeating the 10th seed, Karolina Muchova, with a score of 6-4, 7-5 in a gripping semifinal match. However, the game took an unexpected turn with a 50-minute delay when a protester glued himself to the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands.

In the second set, chaos erupted as shouts echoed from the upper stands of the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Demonstrators caused a seemingly brief delay, but, when play failed to resume after 15 minutes, players left the court. The delay persisted for over 45 minutes as police officers gathered to address the situation. It was eventually revealed that a protester, sporting a “No Fossil Fuels” shirt, had affixed his bare feet to the cement stands, causing this unexpected disruption.

Gauff, seeded sixth, stormed onto the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center court. She rapidly broke two of Muchova’s initial three serves, securing a commanding 5-1 lead. In the second set, Gauff continued to shine, quickly taking a 1-0 lead. Despite Muchova’s efforts to level the set at 5-5, Gauff’s unwavering determination prevailed. In a dramatic final game, Gauff held her lead and seized the opportunity to break for the Tennis match, securing victory on her fifth match point.

Sabalenka’s Epic Comeback

Aryna Sabalenka, on the other hand, delivered an extraordinary comeback against American 17th seed Madison Keys. Sabalenka overcame a challenging start, winning 0-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (10/5) in a heart-pounding third-set tie-break. This triumph marked her second-ever Grand Slam final appearance.

After a daunting beginning that saw her trailing 0-6 in the first set, Sabalenka staged a stunning turnaround. She convincingly won the second-set tie-break with a score of 7-1.

The Upcoming Clash: Gauff vs Sabalenka

Aryna Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion, now sets her sights on a second Grand Slam title. She is scheduled to face the 19-year-old American sensation, Coco Gauff, in the US Open final. While Gauff holds a 3-2 advantage in their previous matchups, this will be their first encounter in a major tournament.

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