Caroline Garcia performs in the WTA Masters final

An eager and unstoppable imperial empress on the court, Caroline Garcia beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-2 in Fort Worth on Nov. 6 to book her first WTA Masters final in just her second appearance. (Texas). The twenty-nine-year-old is already doing better than when she failed in the semifinals of the event in 2017, where she lost to American Venus Williams.

At the time, she had come to Singapore at the last minute in euphoria after winning two titles at the WTA 1000 in Wuhan and Beijing, China. This time, following the unexpected departure of head coach Bertrand Perret, the approach of “Lyonez” to the tournament is uncertain, citing the problems that have arisen in recent weeks.

And it is clear that she has found the mental resources to achieve her dream: to become the second French woman to add her name to the list after Amélie Mauresmo, who in 2005 was crowned in the 100% final at the expense of Mary Pierce. tricolor from another time.

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After a solid start against Coco Gauff in their first group match, Garcia was later beaten by world number one Iga Swiatek, while playing very good tennis at times. It could also find the Pole, winner of eight Roland Garros and US Open titles in 2022, in the final.

Reference game

Facing world number five Sakkari, whom he had a slight psychological advantage as he had defeated him in their previous two encounters, Garcia had the highest score of the tournament. Betting more than ever on his aggressiveness, he constantly puts his opponent on the back foot and is often at fault. The only time the Frenchman was at fault was to confirm the first break in the first set. For the rest, he was a lone rider.

He took advantage of Sakkari’s low first ball percentage (37%) to win the first set in half an hour of play. He also insisted on the Greek player’s backhand and sent him away. to better finish their scores across the line.

Caroline Garcia competes in the semifinals against Maria Sakkari at the WTA Masters in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.  November 6, 2022.

Despite a physically and mentally grueling 2:27 fight the day before to defeat Kasatkina, “Caro” he showed no signs of fatigue afterwards. He hit the accelerator again in the second set, starting with two straight breaks to make it four games to nil.

Everything worked in this match, such as this volley extended to destroy Sakkari’s pass, he had to drop his shots to keep up with the hellish pace his opponent was setting.

Service winner

The Frenchwoman, who notched up the winning shots (twenty-one), was also very effective on serve, with six aces to take her total to 379 this season. Yelena Rybakina (370).

for “Caro”Being in the Masters final is a great satisfaction after a difficult last six weeks, a victim of the phenomenon of decompensation after a brilliant summer that saw him win three titles (Bad Homburg, Warsaw, Cincinnati) before reaching the semi-finals. at the US Open.

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After more than four years without brilliance, a rebirth amid a crisis of confidence, tennis in distress and recurring physical ailments, this year he was able to overcome it in a spectacular way thanks to his work with Bertrand Perret. success and rise from seventy-fifth place to sixth place in the world.

So now without him, but always with his parents around him, and with the timely help of Argentine coach Juan Pablo Guzman, he is regaining his strength in prime time. In the heart of a rodeo of intense emotions in the heart of Texas, he can end his flight on a piece of paradise with a last ditch effort.

The world with AFP

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