The French advance in Indian Wells. Caroline Garcia beat Leylah Fernandez (6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1) in three sets and sealed her place in the round of 16.
One of the big matches of the day in the second WTA 1000 series of the season saw one of the best players in the world such as Caroline Garcia face Leylah Fernandez. This was the second time they met in an official engagement. The French managed to win in straight sets at the Australian Open this year.
They found themselves in the first series, where there was not much problem with the service in terms of speculation. However, the gala player ran into a 0-40 that he was not going to miss at the start of the event. A difference that he knew how to handle perfectly with very effective turns to serve. After the break, he only gave up one point. So he confirmed three empty games. Caroline Garcia showed her best version of the serve and in this way started to take the victory on track. It was clear that Leylah Fernandez was not going to give up and was going to keep fighting, even if she had to change her strategy or wait for her opponent to decline to try and make a comeback.
Caroline Garcia keeps gaining confidence
The Canadian continued to rally and was the one to take the initiative in the second set. Leylah, partly supported by the crowd, tried to find her chances for others, but Garcia was still very inspired with her serve and didn’t give the left-hander a chance to break. Fernandez was on the edge in the ninth inning when Garcia gave up the closest game on a break. The Canadian who saved the situation was right and 5-4 was still ahead in the locker. In the end they went to a draw. Leylah was brave and with a score of 6-5 after her incredible pass, she lifted the crowd and ended up forcing the final set.
Garcia started with service problems in the third set. The French raised two break balls and started to command 1-0. From that moment on, she became the hostess of the meeting. Her aggression, her climbing to the net and the power of her strokes ended up dismantling the solid and defensive tennis of Leylah Fernandez, who was completely intoxicated. Featuring Caroline Garcia 36 minutes to a loud 6-1 result confirmed his victory and a pass to the round of 16 in Indian Wells.