Cincinnati Masters: Impressed Caroline Garcia goes from qualifier to champion

Published:Mar 10, 202422:39
Cincinnati Masters: Impressed Caroline Garcia goes from qualifier to champion

Caroline Garcia capped a protracted week by beating Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4 to assert the Cincinnati Open title on Sunday and develop into the primary qualifier to win a WTA Tour 1000 event.

After battling via qualifying, Garcia beat three top-10 world-ranked opponents, Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula, on the best way to the ultimate the place she delivered a grasp class in opposition to Czech Kvitova, the twice Wimbledon champion.

Main the WTA Tour in aces and second in break factors saved, the 28-year-old Frenchwoman relied on her massive weapons to clinch her third title of the season, sending down 11 aces and saving all eight break factors she confronted.

Since getting back from a foot damage in Might, Garcia has received three occasions on three completely different surfaces, on clay in Warsaw, the place she beat world primary Iga Swiatek, grass in Unhealthy Homburg and hardcourt in Cincinnati.

"It is laborious to imagine I'm standing right here immediately it has been such every week," Garcia informed the Centre Court docket crowd. "I noticed one thing immediately that it was your (Kvitova) fortieth profession remaining and I used to be like OK, think about that."

Underneath threatening skies Garcia obtained out to quick begin with a break helped by a pair of double faults by Kvitova, because the 32-year-old as soon as once more struggled together with her serve.

In her semi-final she served three double faults within the opening recreation to reward Madison Keys an early break earlier than combating again for a 3 units win.

However there could be no escape in opposition to Garcia who piled on the strain with a second break to comb the opening 4 video games.

Garcia carried on within the second set as she once more broke Kvitova on the first alternative and held for a fast 2-0 lead when Kvitova referred to as for a medical time-out.

Kvitova returned to the court docket with no noticeable strapping however Garcia was not be distracted, holding serve the remainder of the best way to clinch her tenth profession title.

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