With Caroline Garcia, there are signs that do not deceive. Already at ease at the last Wimbledon, where her adventure ended in the round of 16, the Lyonnaise surfed her current wave to offer herself the scalp of world No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament. of Warsaw 2022.
While the boss of the circuit was evolving in front of her public, and on ocher, her favorite surface, Garcia played the spoilsports when we least expected it. She had never beaten a world No. 1 in her career, and lost her only duel against Swiatek, in Cincinnati in 2019. A priori, everything was against her before entering the court. But no, she followed in the footsteps of Alizé Cornet who had ended the invincibility of 37 matches of the Polmonaise at Wimbledon. Stop talking about French players to the double winner of Roland-Garros!
Garcia stopped at the gates of the final by Martic
07/16/2022 At 1:07 PM
Garcia played the offensive card
It was a meeting where you had to appreciate the unpredictable side of tennis. Everything was played with a knife, in a third round where the two champions evolved at a very good level at the same time. But not their best level. Just before this decisive set, each had won a set with the score of 6-1. But it was Garcia who got the ball rolling.
Seeing the Rhodanienne dominate this duel was therefore not that surprising. She always had that hint of control in that quarter. It was she who broke first in the last act. At 4-3, 30/40, she made the Polish bend in the exchange by playing her punch. Excellent at recovery and capable of finishing the points (38 winning shots), Garcia played the offensive against the metronome Swiatek, who was making her return to competition this week. It was the right plan. By holding on, she created a sense of frustration and, at times, helplessness in Swiatek.
We must salute the mental strength of the former Top 10 at the WTA. At 5-3, when she was serving to win the match, she got stuck when she was leading 30/15. This debreak had an aftertaste of a turning point at the time. But no. Garcia restarted the relaunch machine on her rival’s service game. And the latter, too friable behind her seconds, folded when she had two play points at 4-5. On the match point, the cadord of the women’s circuit received a gunshot in return from the Habs. A symbolic point of what this match was.
After her good outings in Lugano where she reached the last four in mid-July, then in Palermo last week where she played the quarters, Garcia confirms that she is returning to her former level. There had already been the beginnings of this revving up in Bad Homburg where it had been titled just before “Wimbly” on grass. On Saturday, she will have to pass the obstacle Jasmine Paolini in the semi-final. Attention, the young Transalpine is one of the players who is currently on the circuit. Garcia will have to keep the same intentions to go to the final.
Expedited, Garcia joins the half
07/15/2022 At 8:39 PM
Garcia, the adventure ends there
07/03/2022 At 11:36