Caroline Garcia Relieved To Battle Into Australian Open Third Spherical | Tennis Information

Australian Open: Caroline Garcia defeated Leylah Fernandez in straight units on Thursday© AFP

World quantity 4 Caroline Garcia admitted she was relieved to see off tough left-hander Leylah Fernandez in straight units Thursday and take her place within the third spherical of the Australian Open. Garcia, of France, beat the 20-year-old former US Open finalist 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 in 1hr 52min on Rod Laver Area to arrange a gathering with Laura Siegemund of Germany. “I’m pleased because she was pretty much up all the time and winning her service games very easily,” mentioned Garcia of the world quantity 40 from Canada.

On the finish of a high-quality first set which noticed one service break every, Fernandez upped a gear firstly of the tiebreak, stretching out to a 4-0 lead.

However a double fault at 4-1 gave Garcia a sniff and she or he capitalised, combating again to 6-5 and sealing the set with an ace.

Neither may make inroads early within the second set with Garcia unable to take care of stress on Fernandez, who misplaced the 2021 Flushing Meadows closing to Emma Raducanu.

“On the serve she was using the slice very well,” mentioned Garcia. “So I had to make a lot of adjustments and the winner was going to be the one who was more aggressive inside the court.”

Then at 5-5, Fernandez lastly cracked as Garcia lastly broke after which served out for the match, celebrating with a trademark leap of pleasure.

Garcia roared again into the highest 5 final yr after a troublesome couple of years the place accidents prompted her kind to abandon her.

Since June 2022 Garcia has gained 38 Tour-level matches together with titles on all three surfaces — clay, grass and exhausting courts — to climb again from 74th on the planet firstly of final season.

Her most interesting second got here in profitable the season-ending WTA Tour Finals in Fort Price.

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