US Open: Where dreams are made of

September 07, 2022
With many of tennis’ big stars eliminated (still processing Serena’s farewell), the door’s wide open for the next generation to make a name for themselves in the Big Apple.
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The GIST: With many of tennis’ big stars eliminated (still processing Serena’s farewell), the door’s wide open for the next generation to make a name for themselves in the Big Apple. If you can make it there…

Women’s: The semis are halfway set with world No. 5 Ons Jabeur and No. 17 Caroline Garcia advancing after yesterday’s quarter-final victories over Ajla Tomljanović and fan favorite No. 12 Coco Gauff, respectively.

  • And Jabeur’s making history along the way. After becoming the first African woman in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon earlier this year, she’s now the first to reach the US Open semis. Barriers, broken.
  • The rest of the final four will be decided today when No. 22 Karolína Plíšková faces No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka at 12 p.m. ET followed by No. 1 Iga Świątek (the only major singles champ, men’s or women’s, remaining!) vs. No. 8 Jessica Pegula at 7 p.m. ET.

Men’s: No. 5 Casper Ruud and No. 27 Karen Khachanov are on to the semis after dominating their respective quarter-final matches, but all eyes are on No. 22 Frances Tiafoe (tee-AH-foh), who snapped No. 2 Rafael Nadal’s 22-match Grand Slam win-streak on Monday.

  • Already the youngest American man to reach the quarters since 2006, the 24-year-old will have a chance to extend his break-out run when he matches up against No. 9 Andrey Rublev today at 1:15 p.m. ET.
  • Then the battle of the youths continues when No. 11 21-year-old Jannik Sinner faces No. 3 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz at 8:15 p.m. ET. The kids remain quite alright.
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