The Frenchwoman, 28 years old and 35th in the world, became the first player in history to win a WTA 1000 after qualifying on Sunday at the Cincinnati tournament by beating the Czech 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Petra Kvitova (28th).
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 in the final. The Frenchman, 35th in the world, by no means intimidated by the challenge, initially did not give the Czech (28th) a chance before remaining solid until the end, winning 6-2, 6-4 in 1h36.
At 28 years old, she offers herself a third coronation in a WTA 1000, just below the Grand Slams, in as many finals played, after her triumphs in Wuhan and Beijing in 2017. In passing, she had reached the semifinals. of the Singapore Masters, certainly at the end of the season less difficult to understand than the hard preparation for the US Open. “What an incredible week. It’s hard to believe that I’m here in front of you” raising the trophy, Garcia reacted with a smile.
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 world N.1 Iga Swiatek. Kvitova, the double winner of Wimbledon (2011, 2014), however, had for her the experience of the big events since she was contesting her 12th final of a WTA 1000 (8 wins), the combined 40th of all categories (29 hits) .
26 wins since June
But eight days before the US Open (August 29 to September 11), García has confirmed that she is the most fit player of the summer, since she has accumulated 26 wins since June. Currently nobody is doing better on the circuit. The Frenchwoman, who successively fired three Top 10 Ohio players from her route, Maria Sakkari (3rd), Jessica Pegula (8th) and Aryna Sabalenka (7th), stayed true to her stinging style, displaying an aggressive almost permanent.
Kvitova, a former World No.2 whose qualities in defense and against are proven, had no one to answer. García, who now has four wins in his nine matches, attacked the game very hard, breaking from the start twice (4-0), under a threatening sky. The day before, two rain interruptions at 2:30 and 1:30 had greatly 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. Kvitova chained unforced errors.
Troublemaker at the US Open?
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 García knew how to serve well (11 aces) and defend during a long rally, to further push his rival to the free kick (4-2). Kvitova’s scream of rage was useless, he came down harder, his rival remained adamant in her commitment to finish the job.
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 convincing performance, Garcia, who is bringing some color back to French tennis, can look forward to playing the spoiler at the US Open, where he has never been able to do better than a third round, but which he will tackle in the shoes of a top seed. , giving a good jump in the classification.
As has Kvitova, who has never made it past quarters at Flushing Meadows. Even losing in Ohio, he confirms a return to the fore seen in mid-June with his victory on the pitch at Eastbourne, after a few years that seemed to decline. Dans un contexte où la N.1 mondiale Iga Swiatek semble marquer le pas, après un printemps étourdissant (37 victories d’affiliate, titled in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome et Roland-Garros), they ont un joli coup to play.
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