Magda Linette he was totally shocked and in disbelief after shocking the fourth seed Caroline Garcia reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the australian open. Ranked 45th in the world, Linette defeated reigning WTA Finals champion Garcia 7-6(3) 6-4.
Garcia was among the top favorites for the Australian Open title and Linette managed to knock her out of the tournament. «I still can’t believe it. I don’t know what happened. I’m really speechless. I don’t want to say that I didn’t expect it, because going on the court I was sure how good I was.» her playing, but she’s an amazing opponent and very tough, especially on a big stage.
I’m glad I kept my composure throughout the first set and managed to come back again,» Linette said during her on-court interview, according to the WTA website.
Linette focused on her game against Garcia, it paid off
Garcia, who entered the game as the favorite, began the match with back-to-back breaks and a 3-0 lead.
Down by two breaks, Linette refused to give up as she broke Garcia in the fourth and 10th games to ultimately force a tiebreaker. In the tie-break, Linette won three straight points from 4-3 up to take the first set. After stealing the first set from Garcia, Linette missed a break point in the first game of the second set and also missed any of his three break points in the seventh game.
However, Linette kept pressing in Garcia’s service games as she broke the Frenchwoman in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead, before serving for the match in the next game. In her next match, Linette plays former world number 1 Karolina Pliskova.
Linette has been playing very well so far and by beating Garcia she has shown that she can beat a great player. It remains to be seen if Linette can now beat Pliskova as well.