Caroline Garcia had a solid start to the week, beating Germany’s Tatjana Maria (7-6(5), 6-4) on a fast court in the second round duel of the WTA 500 series in Stuttgart. The French will face the Russian Anastasia Potapova in the quarterfinals.
Debut time Caroline Garcia in Stuttgart, looking to strengthen on clay at the start of the tour on an important surface. His competition was always complicated Tatiana Mariawho came into this match after defeating Switzerland’s Ylena In-Albon in a real battle in three sets.
Garcia has been saved just enough
Garcia started the match as the clear favourite, but still the German won his first two rounds with good feelings against the Frenchman, who wanted to take a little more risk but was unable to convert it into a result. The fifth set could be the turning point of the set, as Maria would have three break points in a row, but with good first offers, Caro managed to save herself. The match was of a high standard, interesting exchanges at the base of the court, and two players put strength first.
The French would have the first big chances to take the set, 5-4, to serve the German. However, Maria intended to escape unscathed after Caro’s successive mistakes. Caro did not hesitate to express his frustration at missing out on these opportunities. After failing to end the set, the fourth seed was going to play his worst game of the match and dropped his serve to Tatjana 6-5. When everything seemed to be decided in favor of the locals, the nerves appeared again, and the gala went right back to the break tiebreak. In a draw, Garcia always dominated and won 7-5.
Changing set and the end of the match
Maria started the second set better as she found some continuity in her performance and got a quick break. But the story would turn uphill for the local player himself, even if the entire crowd supported him. Garcia signed two consecutive stoppages to gradually get closer to victory. Although Maria once again took advantage of her rival’s misplay and did a lot of damage on the return to second serve, the same thing happened in the next game, and the Frenchman was up. In the end, Caroline sealed her victory with a decisive 6-4.