rivalry among juniors, series of invincibility … The semi-final Caroline Garcia-Ons Jabeur in eight significant figures

This is a great first for Caroline Garcia. Victorious against American Coco Gauff (6-3, 6-4) on Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the US Open, the French reached for the first time in his career, the last four of a Grand Slam tournament, to challenge Ons. Jabeur, Thursday September 8 in New York. The Lyonnaise and the Tunisian are both 28 years old, and know each other, facing each other in the junior circuit. Eight numbers set the scene for this duel between two players whose styles are not very common on the circuit.

0 loss for Jabeur against Garcia

Ons Jabeur is undefeated on the WTA Tour against Caroline Garcia, with two wins in the first round of the 2019 US Open, and in the second round of the 2020 Australian Open. Even worse for the supporters of the Frenchwoman, the situation is the same in the junior circuit, with four victories for the Tunisian in four matches at Roland- Garros (in the 2nd round of 2010, in the semi-finals of 2011), Wimbledon ( in the 1st round of 2010) and… at the US Open (in the quarter-finals of 2010). In these four youth confrontations, one of the best 5th in the world among juniors took only one set from the one who ranked first in fourth place.

Garcia lost 0 sets

In this 2022 edition of the US Open, Caroline Garcia did not lose a set. He even gave up, on average, only 2.7 games per set. It is almost double for Ons Jabeur (4.3), who left the first set of American Shelby Rodgers in the third round (4-6, 6-4, 6-3). This is above all the only semi-finalist who did not win a round in two weeks.

Garcia’s 13 consecutive victories

Since her victory over Diane Parry on August 13 in the first round of qualifying in Cincinnati, Caroline Garcia has won 13 in a row, winning her third career WTA 1000, her first since September 2017 (Beijing). Ons Jabeur then lost in the third round to Petra Kvitova, and thus “only” surrendered a streak of five consecutive victories at this US Open.

12 places difference in the world ranking

Before this US Open, On Jabeur was ranked 5th in the WTA, while Caroline Garcia rose to 17th place. Twelve places separated the two players at the start of the two weeks in New York. If the Tunisian reached second place in the WTA rankings on June 27 after her final at Wimbledon, the Frenchwoman rose to fourth place on September 10, 2018, after reaching the 3rd round of the US Open, her best result in this tournament. at the moment. Next Monday, Jabeur is guaranteed to be runner-up again to Iga Swiatek. As for Garcia, he will occupy at least the 7th place.

1st for the African continent

The first Arab player to win a WTA 1000 tournament last May in Madrid, Ons Jabeur became the first player from the African continent to qualify for the semi-finals of the US Open. In other Grand Slam tournaments, South Africans Annette du Plooy, Yvonne Vermaak and Amanda Coetzer have also achieved this feat.

8th French in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam

After Françoise Dürr, Brigitte Simon, Mary Pierce, Nathalie Tauziat, Amélie Mauresmo, Nathalie Dechy and Marion Bartoli, Caroline Garcia became the eighth Frenchwoman, in the Open era (since 1968), to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam .

Only two of them achieved this performance at the US Open (Pierce, Mauresmo), and only Mary Pierce qualified for the final, losing to Kim Clijsters in 2005. Among these eight French women in the semi-finals , four went to the final (Pierce, Tauziat at Wimbledon 1998, Mauresmo, and Bartoli), and three won (Pierce at the Australian Open 1995 and Roland Garros 2000, Amélie Mauresmo at the Australian Open 2006 and at Wimbledon 2006, then Bartoli at Wimbledon 2013).

68 minute gap in the courts

Caroline Garcia played her longest match at this US Open in the quarter-final against Coco Gauff (1h37), totaling 407 minutes on the court in five matches. Ons Jabeur played 68 more minutes (475 in total), mainly because of his showdown against Shelby Rodgers (2h17).

3 titles this season for Garcia, 2 for Jabeur

Besides Cincinnati, Caroline Garcia also won in Bad Homburg (Germany) and Warsaw tournaments this year. This makes 10 WTA titles in the Frenchwoman’s career, against three for Ons Jabeur, who won in 2022 in Madrid and Berlin.

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