US Open 2022 Live: Coco Goff beats Zhang to run into US Open quarters

US Open 2022 Live: American teenager Coco Goff uses her superior speed to overcome a second-set deficit and win a thrilling…

US Open 2022 Live: American teenager Coco Goff used her superior speed to overcome a second-set deficit and reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the first time with a thrilling 7-5 7-5 win over China’s Zhang Shuai. Follow US Open 2022 live updates with InsideSport.IN

With Serena Williams’ loss Friday night likely signaling the end of her storied career, American tennis fans are eager to see someone emerge in her place, and many are pinning their hopes on the amiable, hard-working Goff.

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“It seems crazy,” Gauff said in an on-court interview after sealing the win to set up a showdown with in-form Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia on Tuesday.

“I mean, Ashe Stadium chanting my name, I was trying not to laugh on the bench at the last change, I was trying to be in the moment. But I was laughing in my head. I can’t believe you are chanting like this. It’s crazy.”

In a battle between the youngest player in the draw, 18-year-old Gough, and the oldest, 33-year-old Zhang, it was the Chinese player who looked sharp early on, breaking 2-0 down. lead in the first set.

But 12th-seeded Goff kept his composure and fired a two-handed backhand winner to claim the first set and electrify the supporting crowd.

Zhang, a human backboard content to extend the rally from the baseline, grabbed a 5-3 lead in the second when she broke Goff with a backhand winner of her own.

But Goff again showed maturity beyond his years, winning the last four games highlighted by an electrifying point in the final game where he used his astonishing speed to slide from corner to corner to draw out an error from Zhang.

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The crowd roared in approval after the point and Zhang covered his ears to block out the sound, which was amplified by the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium due to rain.

A mistake by Zhang sealed the nearly two-hour affair and the two shared a warm embrace at the net. With the win, Goff became the youngest US Open quarterfinalist since Melanie Odin in 2009.

After beating Alison Risk-Amritraj 6-4, 6-1, she can expect her fans to return when she takes on red-hot 17-seed Garcia in the quarters.

US Open 2022 LIVE: Coco Gough runs into US Open quarters with win over Zhang Shuai – watch highlights

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