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 difficult 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 Enviornment to arrange a gathering with Laura Siegemund of Germany. “I am happy as a result of she was just about up on a regular basis and profitable her service video games very simply,” 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 at first 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 utilizing the slice very nicely,” mentioned Garcia. “So I needed to make quite a lot of changes and the winner was going to be the one who was extra aggressive contained in the courtroom.”
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 received 38 Tour-level matches together with titles on all three surfaces — clay, grass and exhausting courts — to climb again from 74th on the planet at first of final season.
Her most interesting second got here in profitable the season-ending WTA Tour Finals in Fort Price.
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