Tennis: Caroline Garcia wins the Bad Homburg tournament, her first title since 2019

Tennis: Caroline Garcia wins the Bad Homburg tournament, her first title since 2019

The Frenchwoman won her first WTA tournament on Saturday after three years of drought by winning 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4 against the Canadian Bianca Andreescu in the final in Bad Homburg (Germany).

Caroline Garcia ended a three-year drought just before Wimbledon. The Lyonnaise won her first title since 2019 on Saturday, beating Canadian Bianca Andreescu 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4 in the final in Bad Homburg. At 28, the 75th in the world grabs an eighth title on her list, the third on grass, and is finally coming out of a difficult period: she had not played in the final since her victory in June 2019 in Nottingham, already on grass, at a time when she was still flirting with the best in the world. No Frenchwoman had won a tournament of this level (WTA 250 and above) since Fiona Ferro in Palermo in August 2020.

“It means so much to me,” Garcia said in English on the court as he received his trophy, recalling his long slump, “when you don’t know when your next win will be, when you’re unlucky, everything goes the wrong way and you lose a lot of matches. The last few months, the last few years have not been super easy with few results, a lot of physical glitches so you have a lot of doubts, ”she conceded before the final.

Garcia or the virtues of resilience

Friday, in the semi-final, she had won a fierce battle of 2h45 min against her compatriot Alizé Cornet. On Saturday, Andreescu, 64th in the WTA rankings, gave him exactly the same resistance and lasted almost exactly as long. The 22-year-old Canadian had a priori a physical advantage, since she had not had to play in the semi-finals, taking advantage of the withdrawal of her opponent, the Romanian Simona Halep (cervical block). The last game of this final offered a perfect summary of Garcia’s match. She started by losing her first two points. But trailing 0-30, she remained perfectly in her match, sure of her strength, without showing the slightest sign of nervousness or impatience.

Concentrated and precise, she scored the next four points, clenching her fist furiously with each ball she won, only to finally collapse with joy after her opponent’s too long raise on her first match point. She had already shown the same resilience at the start of the third set, when she lost her serve and found herself trailing 2-0. Without panicking, in her characteristic attacking style, she had set the record straight by winning four consecutive games, creating a definitive gap.

Now 55th in the world

“What a final! It was a great fight” she said again, addressing her opponent, “I don’t know how you played such a good match, fighting from the first to the last point”. Andreescu had hung the 2019 US Open on his record at just 19 years old. But after quickly reaching the top 4 in the world, she tumbled in the rankings due to injuries and after taking a break of a few months before returning to competition in April. At Wimbledon (June 27-July 11) which she will approach in 55th place in the world, Garcia could continue her series of victories on grass: she will face in the 1st round the Briton Yuriko Miyazaki, recipient of an invitation and 206th in the world.

 

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