Caroline Garcia eliminated as soon as she entered the Montreal tournament

Caroline Garcia eliminated as soon as she entered the Montreal tournament

The first three defeats against the Czech all took place on grass, but on hard courts, the story is the same. A month after suffering the law of Marie Bouzkova (37th in the world) in the third round of Wimbledon (7-6 (0), 4-6, 7-5), Caroline Garcia was again the victim of the game without rhythm of a opponent who, in front of her, is often content to run and put back, not without talent, the ball within the limits of the court.

49 unforced errors in 28 games

Despite a rather promising start to the game where she led 4-2, thanks in particular to an impressive quality of first serve, the French number one once again quickly lost her footing, suddenly multiplying the errors to cash four games in a row. (and the last ten points of the set).

Visibly overwhelmed by this yo-yo scenario, Garcia then used her racket to throw a ball into the net in rage, without having seen the run of a ball boy who avoided the projectile by only a few centimeters. Completely involuntarily, the Lyonnaise had just narrowly avoided disqualification, and took the opportunity to calm her nerves in the locker room.

She’ll play big in Cincinnati next week

At the start of the second set, a redacted volley and a double fault offered a new break to her opponent (1-3), a moment that the world number 6 then chose to successfully tackle the net. Regaining confidence, finally starting to clench his fist, Garcia came back to 3-3, then broke again at 5-4, taking advantage of a let return of service which pushed Bouzkova into a fault.

Unfortunately, and when she finally seemed to be freed, the Lyonnaise sank completely from the start of the last act, again chaining unforced errors (49 in total, against only 6 for the Czech…). Despite three match points saved, she bowed on a last forehand in the bottom of the net (6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in 2h14 ‘).

Next week in Cincinnati (tournament of which she is defending champion), then at the US Open (where she reached the semi-finals last year), Garcia will be playing big since she will challenge 1,710 of her 4 685 points in the WTA ranking. In the event of new premature defeats, the 29-year-old Frenchwoman could leave the Top 10, when she has still not won a title in 2023 (against four last season).


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