Sail into US Open Jr. Semis
Andrew Eichenholz | September 8, 2017
The US Open may have more than just one all-American female final this year.
Amanda Anisimova, a 16-year-old ranked No. 182 on the women’s circuit, and CoCo Gauff, a 13-year-old phenom, both won Friday to advance to the semifinals. One more victory and they would advance to Sunday's girls' final – to be played one day after Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys face off in the first all-American women's singles final since 2002.
It would be the third consecutive all-U.S. girls' final at a major, coming on the heels of Whitney Osuigwe defeating Claire Liu at the French Open juniors and Liu defeating Ann Li in the Wimbledon girls'.
On friday, the No. 4-seed Anisimova won 12 of her last 13 games to defeat No. 8 Olga Danilovic, 7-5, 6-1 in the 70-minute quarterfinal.
“I was just pretty tight because it’s the quarters, so I was just trying to get into my game,” said Anisimova. ADVERTISEMENT “Then I started fighting at 5-1, and once I did that I started playing better and better.”
Anisimova overcame 18 unforced errors in the first set, including 12 in the first six games, to close out the opener, and she didn’t look back from there. The former junior world No. 2 struck just 13 unforced errors in the final 13 games, fighting through to her first major semifinal since losing in last year’s French Open final.
Gauff, meantime, beat fellow American Katie Volynets, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to her first major junior semifinal..
"It's so much fun playing here," Gauff (pictured) said. "It's exciting and this is really a moment that I've been wanting for so long and I'm happy that I'm here and I want to keep going and just win two more matches."
Gauff will next play 17-year-old Maria Lourdes Carle, who withstood a spirited comeback by No. 3 Elena Rybakina to continue her career-best run at a Grand Slam, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours, 12 minutes. The Argentine had only previously won one junior Slam match, at Wimbledon last year.
Rounding out the girls' semifinalists is Emiliana Arango, who beat the fourth American girls in the quarterfinals, Elysia Bolton, 7-6, 6-2.