Coco Gauff reached the semi-finals on grass for the first time after beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 at the Berlin Open on Friday to set up a match against Ons Jabeur.
Coco Gauff defeated the Wimbledon finalist 2021 Pliskova in Berlin (AP Photo)
- American tennis player Coco Gauff defeats 4th seed Karolina Pliskova
- Coco Gauff reached the semi-finals for the first time on grass for the first time
- Gauff says she needs some time to find her rhythm again
American tennis player Coco Gauff defeated fourth seed Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour 37 minutes to reach the semi-finals of the German Open in Berlin on Friday.
Already in uncharted territory in his first quarter-final on grass, the 18-year-old French Open finalist hit back 2-0 at the start of each set against last year’s Wimbledon runner-up. .
Gauff said she needed some time to find her rhythm again and figure out the answer by mixing her footage for more slices.
”It’s really hard to be honest. I had to come up with a few different game styles that I don’t normally use, but sometimes it’s like that,” she said.
Pliskova missed her first final since August. The Czech tennis player missed the first two months of this season when she broke her arm in an accident while training in the gym.
Fourth place team Jabeur beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals.
In the second half of the draw, sixth-placed Maria Sakkari was another to reach the semi-finals on grass for the first time after a lightning 6-0, 6-3 win over French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina.
Kasatkina dropped the first set of her previous two matches in Berlin this week before winning her comeback but couldn’t figure out how to get back up against Sakkari’s power shot.
”I’m very pleased that I have a proper game plan. I worked for it, I was aggressive and I really enjoyed it,” said Sakkari, who won three games in a row for the first time since March and ran into the Indian Wells final.
The Greek player will face Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals after she beat Veronika Kudermetova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.