Sixth seed Coco Gauff will take on 20th seed Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinal of the 2023 US Open. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
Coco Gauff has a shot at redemption here as she battles Jelena Ostapenko for the second time this season. The Latvian accounted for one of Gauff's defeats at Grand Slam level this year when she powered past the American at this year's Australian Open. Like in Melbourne, where Gauff entered the tournament in red hot form after winning a tune-up tournament, she enters Tuesday's match hot on the heels of a nine-match win streak that brought a first WTA 1000 title in Cincinnati and back-to-back quarterfinals at the US Open - becoming the youngest American player to do so since Serena Williams over two decades ago.
Jelena Ostapenko pulled off the upset of the tournament when she slayed outright favorite and top seed Iga Swiatek in three sets. Ostapenko's shocking win also strips Swiatek of her World No. 1 ranking, ending the Pole's 75 consecutive weeks run at the summit of women's tennis. The Latvian power hitter also extended her perfect record against Swiatek to 4-0. It was one of those days when Ostapenko decided to turn it on, and when her winner's column eclipsed the total unforced errors, you just know you are in serious trouble. Ostapenko's line-painting offence brought 31 winners, including 19 from her massive forehand.
Coco Gauff and Jelena Ostapenko are currently tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head. Gauff's win came all the way back at 2019 Linz when she was still relatively a newbie on Tour. She has risen to become a top-10 mainstay since she broke that barrier at last year's US Open. Can she emulate her great hero Serena Williams by winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open? With Swiatek out of the way, thanks to Ostapenko, Gauff is now primed to make that move. The experience of having Brad Gilbert has been priceless during the US swing and it's not an accident that she's been the WTA's in-form player coming to the US Open. But Ostapenko is one of few WTA players with a dangerous offensive game that is good enough to take down some of the best defenses on Tour. Her forehand is a weapon of destruction, while she is extremely volatile, if Ostapenko can maintain a positive winners to unforced errors ratio (as she did in the previous round), she's too big a price to ignore at +200.