US Open: Caroline Garcia qualified for her first quarter-final, Corentin Moutet misses out on her round of 16

Caroline Garcia winner of her round of 16 at the US Open on September 4 in New York. MIKE STOBE / AFP She is full of confidence, and it shows game after game. The French Caroline Garcia, 17th in the world, qualified for her first quarter-final of the US Open on Sunday September 4 by beating the American Alison Riske (29th) 6-4, 6-1. At 28, the French number one who had never passed the third round of the New York Major, thus equals her best result in a Grand Slam tournament, having played the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros in 2017. am so excited to be in the quarter, I have built up a lot of confidence since Cincinnati,” said Caroline Garcia in reference to her WTA 1000 title just before the start of the US Open. Read also: The revival of Caroline Garcia before the US Open The French had never beaten Alison Riske in three confrontations. But for a few weeks, Caroline Garcia has found tennis which allowed her to climb to 4th place in the world in 2018, and she made short work of the American, in 1 hour 22, even if it took him a set to completely break free. It was on a winning comeback that she completed the first set by achieving the only break of the set. The lock had jumped and the Lyonnaise then clearly dominated the debates, even if it took her five match points to conclude, after saving three break points for the American. “Alison is a very tough player, a fighter, she moves a lot. I had to be very aggressive. The first set was tight, it was not great tennis, I had to manage my emotions. The second set was very good, ”she analyzed after performing her usual victory celebration, arms outstretched like an airplane flying over the Louis Armstrong court. She will try to do even better on Tuesday against the American Coco Gauff (12th), finalist at the last Roland-Garros, or the Chinese Shuai Zhang (36th). And assert itself as a serious contender for the final title. Moutet frustrated Frenchman Corentin Moutet, during the US Open, September 4, 2022, in New York (United States). EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AP The Lyonnaise will be the only French representative in the quarter-finals, since shortly before his qualification, Corentin Moutet (drafted from the qualifications) had fallen against the Norwegian Casper Ruud (5th) 6-1, 6-2, 6- 7 (4/7), 6-2. Very nervous and a little lost in the immensity of Arthur Ashe, yet not yet filled with its 23,800 daily spectators, the 23-year-old Frenchman missed his appointment during the first two sets, committing a lot of unforced errors. Frustration quickly won over him. It first manifested itself in a rather unusual way, when he did a series of push-ups, as if to punish himself – and perhaps re-motivate himself – after a lost point at the start of the second set. Less funny, he sent, in anger, two balls in quick succession into the stands, just before the loss of the round, logically receiving a penalty point, after having received a warning a little earlier for the same infraction. Read also: US Open: a fatal day for Alizé Cornet, Clara Burel and Richard Gasquet There was better in the third set. Led 4-2, the French finally had a start, breaking and then pushing Ruud to the decisive game. A tie-break during which he regained consistency, also taking advantage of the feverishness of his opponent, author of a double fault on the set point. Ruud then managed to regain control of the match by taking Moutet’s serve to lead 3-1, not without immediately having to erase two break points. An advantage that he knew how to keep solidly afterwards. Ranked 112th in the world before the New York Major, Corentin Moutet should gain thirty places. Insufficient to overcome the bitter taste of defeat. “I can play better than that, I can be better and I have to be better if I want to win more games. So there is a lot of work ahead,” he said. His opponent, who reached the quarters for the first time at Flushing Meadows, will face the Italian Matteo Berrettini (14th), who won a big showdown against the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (39th). Read also: Sporting retirement of Serena Williams: behind the tennis player, a shrewd businesswoman Le Monde with AFP