It was hard, it was long, but it’s good! Caroline Garcia will be at the last four of the WTA Finals. After her victory against Coco Gauff then her defeat against Iga Swiatek, the Frenchwoman played a real quarter-final against Daria Kasatkina on Saturday evening for her last group match. No need for apothecary calculations: the winner advanced to the semi-finals, the loser went home. After two and a half hours of a stifling duel, the Lyonnaise had the last word: 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.
It was probably not the match of the year in terms of pure quality, but at this level of challenge and tension, tennis is above all a fight, and Caroline Garcia had the immense merit of overcoming her frustrations. Those of a first round where she had her chances after leading 4-2, for example. Then, the lost opportunities in a meeting end to give you sweats and palpitations.
Garcia, already in the lead: “It will be a big challenge”
YESTERDAY AT 08:31
Match point of the year?
After easily recovering to a set everywhere at the end of a second act during which the Russian did not win her face-off once, the recent semi-finalist of the US Open believed to have made the harder by breaking from the start before conceding in turn his face-off in stride. Rebelote a little later when she made the break again in the 5th game before letting Kasatkina come back again on the next game.
The nervous alert rating was reached in the final straight, first of all during an interminable 6th game. There, the Frenchwoman did not obtain one, two or three but… six break points without being able to convert a single one. That she had to be solid in her head not to crack after that. But while she served twice to stay alive at 4-5 and 5-6, ‘Caro’ remained solid. Everything then came down to a decisive game which could not bear its name better. It was chaotic again on both sides but on his second match point (and what a match point!) Garcia found his way to freedom.
For her second participation, she therefore keeps her good habits. In 2017, for her first appearance at the WTA Finals, the Rhodanienne had already reached the semi-finals. She will try to do better but to reach the final, she will have to beat the most successful player of the moment not bearing the name of Iga Swiatek: Maria Sakkari. The Greek impressed by winning her three matches in the other group. But whatever happens, Caroline Garcia will not have wasted her time in Texas: she will end the year, at worst, in 6th place in the world. She will be 5th if Swiatek dominates Aryna Sabalenka in the other semi-final and can even aim for the Top 4. What a crazy semester for “Flying Caro”…
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