Coco Gauff reveals how she ‘anticipated’ a protest happening at the US Open hours before it actually happened during her semifinal clash against Karolina Muchova
Gauff talks about how she predicted the climate change protest.
Coco Gauff (Image via USOpen.org)
Coco Gauff had a hunch that a climate change protest would happen during her semi-final match. She mentioned in an interview with ESPN that she woke up that morning with a feeling it would occur. Her prediction came true as climate change activists began chanting loudly during her match against Karolina Muchova at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Protesters disrupting Grand Slam matches to promote their causes is not a new occurrence. In recent years, events at Wimbledon and Roland Garros have also been interrupted by such protests. Similarly, during the women’s semi-final match, play was halted for nearly thirty minutes until the authorities could ensure the protesters were removed and the match could resume.
Nevertheless, hometown favorite Coco Gauff revealed to ESPN interviewers that she had a feeling that a protest might occur during the match. “The crazy thing is this morning I told myself, ‘I bet there’s gonna be a climate change protest in the final.’ I didn’t think it would be the semi-final, “ she said. She also revealed that immediately after she recognized it, she informed the chair umpire. When her opponent, the Czech Karolina Munchova, asked her how she knew, the American responded, “I don’t know. Something this morning told me.”
Nevertheless, once the protesters were taken into custody by the New York Police Department, the match was resumed. Once deemed safe for both players and audiences, the match went on with full fervor. With both players getting into the match with complete energy, the Stadium took to their seats to support both players in this critical match.
Coco Gauff sets her foot in the final of the US Open 2023
Despite all the ruckus caused by these protestors, the match still went on. However, only one person could come out on top. And this time, it was the American. She defeated her Czech opponent in straight sets.
The only other Grand Slam final the American made was in the 2022 French Open. This year, Gauff would see her best result at the US Open, regardless of the outcome. She is also the favorite to win the title among her home crowd.
This match will prove to be crucial to her as well as her opponent. They will both try to play their best game. Nevertheless, only one person can come out on top. Both players will hope to be the one that comes out victorious.
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