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Garcia with the guts

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 1, 2020

Caroline Garcia was still on her own, this time on the Lenglen, with the handful of rare spectators who were not behind Pierre-Hugues Herbert on the Chatrier, in the heat of his last two sets against Alexander Zverev. Faced with this loneliness that she hates so much, the Frenchwoman had to face her demons. Like a grown up. She succeeded against Aliaksandra Sasnovitch (7-6, 6-2), at the end of a scenario at the very least disjointed, marked in particular by her small knee injury after the fifth game – she had to call on the physiotherapist to put on a strap.

After three breaks on each side in the first set, Caroline Garcia was also led 5-2 in the deciding game, before adding five points in a row. Saving a new break point on her first serve in the second set, she mostly dismissed six on her next faceoff to confirm her break and thus lead 3-1. It was only then that Sasnovich finally gave up, conceding the double break in stride. Phew! Elise Mertens will be another piece on Friday in the third round, but she is classified at the same level as Anett Kontaveit, whom the French No. 2 (45th world) brilliantly beat for her entry into the running (Mertens 20th, Kontaveit 21st).

“There is nothing other than victory that can give you confidence and a feeling of joy, enthuses Caroline Garcia, really happy to have won such a fight. Obviously, there were good things. When I go to get the ball, that I’m in the field, aggressive, it brings me a lot of points. That’s how I’m more efficient. It’s up to me to continue to dig in that direction, it will I have to use that trust and that game. ” With the help, anyway, from the – skinny – audience: “We had gotten so used to it being super quiet, I have the impression that the difference is enormous. Besides, they are for me! They are for me! aren’t many, but it’s already having an impact. ” The positive attitude, that of the warrior. This is perhaps what he missed the most.

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