Coco Gauff reaches first US Open final despite environmental protest

Yesterday, on September 7th, American tennis player Coco Gauff defeated Karolina Muchova, securing her place in the US Open finals.
However, during the semifinals, an extraordinary incident occurred, causing a temporary halt in the match between the two players.

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Four climate protesters, chanting for the end of fossil fuels, interrupted the match for 49 minutes. In the middle of the second set three of them started shouting from the stands, having one of them even gluing his feet in the ground. 

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Security personnel immediately went over and began moving them from the stands. The United States Tennis Association said that they were in New York Police Department Custody.

Back to the game, Gauff beat Muchova by two sets to nil, 6/4 and 7/5, and now advanced to face Aryna Sabalenka in Saturday’s final. This will be the second attempt of Gauff to win a Grand Slam singles final. She finished runner-up at the 2022 French Open, against Poland’s Iga Swiatek. 

Gauff is the youngest American woman to reach her home Grand Slam final at 19 years old. The last one was Serena Williams in 1999.

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