Protester glues feet to floor delaying U.S. Open match for 49 minutes before Coco Gauff wins to seal place in final

Protester glues feet to floor delaying U.S. Open match for 49 minutes before Coco Gauff wins to seal place in final

Well done,
Sure.
Well done.
Congratulations.
Thank you.
Congratulations.
Thank you.
You’re a finalist.
That was one heck of an effort.
And just one bizarre match.
How did you keep your poise?
Because that was a very poised effort in the end.
Yeah,
I knew from Cincinnati.
She plays really well in the match point.
So I was just trying my best to stay calm.
And sometimes I feel like I didn’t do enough.
But you know,
I just try my best to stay calm.
She’s a great player.
She comes to the net.
And like,
does a lot of things that I don’t know.
I feel like sometimes I react afterwards.
Like,
I don’t even see her.
So I was just trying my best to be ready for every ball.
I didn’t feel like it was the best quality match.
But boy,
those last three or four games.
You guys played unbelievable tests.
The one strength I see in you,
more than anything is your problem solving now.
Can you talk a little bit about that?
Yeah,
she’s a type of player.
I feel like it’s so hard to get a rhythm or like hit through.
You know,
in the first set.
I felt like I didn’t need to do much.
Because she was giving me a lot of errors.
And then,
obviously,
in the second,
she started to play more aggressive.
Coming to the net more.
And I had chances to serve for us.
I think in those moments,
I can’t be more aggressive.
But,
you know,
I told myself,
just trust yourself in the moment.
And,
you know,
you can’t take back any mistakes that you made.
You just try to do your best to move past that.
Coco,
the do-s game 65,
like 40 ball rally.
You’re high,
heavy four hands.
I feel like that was the transformation to almost get you to be a grand slam champion soon.
But,
how do you feel with the forehand side that you’re still comfortable now lifting it up and creating heavier spin,
which is harder for the women to play against you?
Yeah,
something that I’ve been working on.
And I think that’s,
you know,
I’ve been doing trying my best to no one to be aggressive.
No one to play that ball.
I played her in Cincinnati.
And I knew that was something that could be effective for not,
you know,
her backhand side.
You know,
it’s tough because she can slice.
She can also flatten it out.
So,
even though that’s where I was targeting.
But,
you know,
you just have to do your best to,
like,
when no one to go back cross.
I think she does a good job of just coming to the net.
Some of those,
she was taking out the air.
Like,
I would hit a high.
And then next,
you know,
the ball was coming back and,
like,
half a second.
So,
I realized she was hitting a ball.
So,
I didn’t know.
I was just playing at point by point point and trying my best to focus on my side of the core and accepting the good shot she hits.
Cocoa,
it’s not lost on me.
It was just a year ago.
Not lost on anybody.
Serena Williams retired at this tournament.
And the question,
who’s taking the tour?
Choose going to carry American tennis for the women forward.
Here it is just one year later.
And you’re joining Serena every step of the way.
The first teenager since the first teenager since going back to 2001.
I know the big pictures never lost on you.
Can you put into words what this means?
That the very next US Open here you are in a final.
Yeah.
It means a lot to me.
I don’t think I’m carrying American tennis.
I don’t think I will.
I mean,
we have so many compatriors that are doing well.
And also,
you know,
Serena,
Serena,
she’s the go.
I mean,
I’m not,
I hope to do half of what she does.
But I’m not going to compare myself to her.
She’s someone I looked up to.
But to be like I said before,
being in the same stat line as her means a lot to me.
She’s my idol.
And,
you know,
I think the only regret that I’ll have for the rest of my life is not being able to play her.
There were so many tournaments where if we won an extra round or didn’t lose,
I would have played her.
But I mean,
I’m still happy to just be a product of her legacy and be out here.
I guess for this tournament,
yeah,
I’m doing well for American tennis.
But we also have,
you know,
a big gun tomorrow,
Ben Shelton playing.
He’s my friend.
So I think that we have an exciting tennis for this country coming up with me.
Just Tommy,
Francis,
so many of us are doing well.
And I think it pushes us to be better.
Why are you ready to win a grand slam right now?
I learned a lot from the past and my final at French Open.
I think I put too much on the moment.
And to,
I think to Saturday,
I’m going to go out there and just play like another minute tennis match.
And I approached the match today.
You know,
I told myself,
I’m just going to go out there.
I have fun and play the tennis that I know how to play.
This was a final of a 250.
I would be probably less nervous.
But you know,
that’s how you got to approach it sometimes.
Because I think I play good tennis when I’m the most relaxed.
And I think when I played the French Open Final,
I think I was focused too much on the expectations that I had to win.
That I,
you know,
that I need to do this.
And now it’s more so I’m here because I want to.
And I believe in myself.
I don’t think I believed in myself then.
Okay,
Coco,
last question.
That was bizarre.
What you had to go through.
How did you stay focused?
How did you stay?
Well,
the crazy thing is this morning.
I did a thought.
I told myself,
I said,
I bet there’s going to be a climate change protest in the final.
I didn’t.
I didn’t think it was going to be in the semi-final.
I was like,
I,
I just told myself.
And then,
you know,
when it happened,
as immediately when it happened,
I told the ref that it was a protest.
And then after the court,
I talked to Carolina.
She’s like,
I,
how did you recognize it was a protest.
So I thought it was some chance.
And I was like,
I don’t know,
something this morning told me that it was going to happen this weekend.
But I thought it was going to be like in the final.
And I just treated like a rain delay.
So many times in tennis,
we stopped DC.
People were passing out,
Even in Cincinnati.
So I just treated it like that.
The only thing that was harder is because we had to leave the court.
And we didn’t know the guy,
the security guy said it could be five minutes or it could be an hour.
So we didn’t know how to warm up or prepare.
I didn’t know whether to eat or not.
But I just treated it like a rain delay to be honest.
That’s crazy.
I mean,
is that just you going through every possible scenario when you wake up in the morning?
You’re saying,
you have like,
we’re feeling snow.
I just was like,
oh,
that.
I feel like this is a good.
I don’t know.
I was like,
I feel like something’s going to happen this weekend because they did it.
French open.
They did it at one moment.
So I was like,
nothing happened at US Open yet.
So I was like,
well,
I mean,
maybe the train will continue.
So that’s what I was thinking about.
Well,
I hope you wake up Saturday and say,
I’m going to win a trophy today.
I will.
Coco,
go off.
She’s the finalist in the US Open.
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