Serena rolled back the years for one last time and everyone paid homage, none more so than Frances Tiafoe who wore a GOAT hoodie to every match en route to an epic semi-final run
Frances Tiafoe made a historic run (Lucy has all the stats) to the semi-finals where he lost to eventual champion and world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz in five exhilarating sets. Big Foe, now a top 20 player for the first time, chalked off impressive wins against 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal and Andrey Rublev en route and had the NBA and former First Lady Michelle Obama cheering him on.
Coco Gauff reached the last eight in New York for the first time where she lost to in-form Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia. The American 18-year-old, now a top 10 player for the first time, outplayed compatriot Madison Keys in the third round and came through impressively against Zhang Shuai in round four. Lucy gives coach Diego Moyano his flowers.
Serena, in her final match as a professional, lost to Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic in an epic three-hour tussle. The 23-time Grand Slam champion had everyone believing after her incredible performance and three-set victory against second seed Anett Kontaveit in round two. The GOAT also played doubles with sister Venus for the first time in a long time in New York – they did lose in the first round but it was a very special night.
Taylor Townsend and Caty McNally came up short in the women’s doubles final, losing to seasoned campaigners Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in three sets. Our girl Taylor was rightly talking her ‘ish’ after the match which left us all excited about her 2023 season.
There are also notable mentions for qualifier Christopher Eubanks who reached the second round, Grand Slam debutant Ben Shelton who gave a good account of himself, and juniors Victoria Mboko, Clervie Ngounoue and Ranah Akua Stoiber who all made deep runs.
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