American tennis player Coco Goff advanced to the semifinals of the German Open on Friday, beating fourth seed Carolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Goff lost only his previous meeting against last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Pliskova, and also lost his last four matches against the top 10 ranked players. But that all changed The world No. 13 fought with four set points in the first set to win against seventh seed Pliskova.
At 5-4 in the opener, Pliskova ended the rally with a spectacular forehand winner, down the line at two set points. But before holding on to 5-5 after a challenging 15-minute game, Goff used excellent servers and skillful slices to eliminate those two as well as two more.
Goff’s determination paid off immediately, as she smashed Pliskova with the backhand winner in the very next game. U.S. The teen maintained the momentum at 6-5, serving on set in love.
Czech Pliskova, playing her first match against the top 20 players this season, started the second set with a 2-0 lead, but Goff pulled back on the service with a quick passing winner.
Another long game at 4-4 went the way of Goff, as she converted her fourth break point of the game to get a chance to win. The 18-year-old American used the opportunity enthusiastically, and slammed his fifth ax of the day to polish the match.