Tennis : Caroline Garcia remporte le tournois de Cincinnati

Tennis : Caroline Garcia remporte le tournois de Cincinnati

Fueled by irresistible momentum, Caroline Garcia achieved the greatest feat of her career in Cincinnati, becoming the first player to win a WTA 1000 since qualifying, at the expense of Petra Kvitova, on Sunday, August 21, in the final.

The French, 35me world, by no means daunted by the challenge, first left no chance for the Czech (28) before remaining solid until the end, winning 6-2, 6-4 in 1:36.

The 28-year-old is offered a third coronation in a WTA 1000, just below the Grand Slams, in as many finals played, after his triumphs in Wuhan and Beijing in 2017. In passing, he had reached the semifinals of the Singapore Masters, certainly during a season finale less difficult to grasp than a hard preparation for the US Open.

“What an incredible week. It’s hard to believe that I’m here in front of you” When raising the trophy, Caroline García reacted all smiles.

This tenth title in total is also his third in two months, after those harvested on the grass of Bad Homburg and the clay of Warsaw, where he had the hair of the number 1 in the world Iga Swiatek.

Petra Kvitova, the double winner of Wimbledon (2011, 2014), however, had for her the experience of the big events since she played her 12me final of a WTA 1000 (8 victories), the 40me all categories combined (29 hits).

26 wins since June

But eight days before the US Open (August 29 to September 11), Caroline García has confirmed that she is the most fit player of the summer, since she has accumulated 26 victories since June. Currently nobody is doing better on the circuit.

The Frenchwoman, who fired three Ohio Top 10 players in succession, Maria Sakkari (3me), Jessica Pegula (8me) and Aryna Sabalenka (7me), has remained faithful to his sharp style, showing an almost permanent aggressiveness. Petra Kvitova, a former world number 2 whose qualities in defense and against are proven, had no one to answer.

Caroline García, who now has four wins in her nine matches, attacked the match very strongly, breaking from the start twice (4-0), under threatening skies. The day before, two rain breaks at 2:30 am and 1:30 am had largely disrupted her semifinal against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

With complete confidence, she maintained this advantage by relying on a solid serve, to win the first set in 40 minutes. Later, the Frenchwoman tightened the rope again, coming back long and holding the exchanges. Petra Kvitova chained unforced errors.

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Led 2-0, the Czech, who seemed to be dragging her leg, requested medical time to treat her left knee. Back on the court, she showed her pugnacity, creating a break point, her fifth of the match, with no more success at the end.

Three more appeared, but Caroline García knew how to serve well (11 aces) and defend during a long rally, to further push her rival to the free kick (4-2). Petra Kvitova’s scream of rage was useless, she came down harder, her rival remained steadfast in her commitment to finish the job.

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She never flinched. Except the thrill of it, noticing her hands on her face and her knees on the floor, the realization of her. With this forceful performance, Caroline Garcia, who is bringing some color back to French tennis, can hope to play a killjoy at the US Open, where she has never been able to do better than a third round, but which she will approach in the skin of a head. top series, making a good jump in the classification.

So is Petra Kvitova, who has never made it past the quarters at Flushing Meadows. Even losing in Ohio, she confirms a return to the fore seen in mid-June with her victory on the pitch at Eastbourne, after a few years that seemed to decline.

In a context where the world number 1 Iga Swiatek seems to be buying time, after a dizzying spring (37 wins in a row, titled in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and Roland-Garros), they have a good opportunity to play .

The world with AFP


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