Tennis - WTA Bad Homburg - After her victory in the final against Andreescu, Caroline Garcia comes back from afar

Tennis – WTA Bad Homburg – After her victory in the final against Andreescu, Caroline Garcia comes back from afar

Lying on the German lawn, on the verge of tears. It was with deep and sincere joy that Caroline Garcia reacted to Bianca Andreescu’s last long foul on Saturday in Bad Homburg. Led one set to nothing, broken in the middle of the second set, the Lyonnaise saw her eighth career title, the third on grass, escape her for a time.

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But the 75th player in the world went a long way to overturn the table in this meeting. And ending a wait of almost three years: on June 16, 2019, after her already hotly contested victory against Croatian Donna Vekic (2-6, 7-6[4]7-6[4]), she was certainly far from imagining that she would not win any more titles before this Sunday. At the time of this success in England, the Habs were 28th in the world. On Sunday, she was almost 50 ranks lower.

WTA Bad Homburg

Three years later, Garcia offers himself a new title


Caroline Garcia collapses with joy after her victory in Bad Homburg

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When you’re unlucky, everything goes wrong…

This shows the difficulties she has encountered in the meantime, she who had not played in any final since this famous title. “It means so much to me. When you win a title, you never know when the next one will be.she savored at the end of the meeting. When you’re unlucky, everything goes the wrong way and you lose a lot of matches…” The 28-year-old had not started her season on grass in the best way, jumping in the round of 16 in Nottingham and then Birmingham.

“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”, admitted the one who had not reached the last four of a tournament since March 5 in Lyon. Garcia had also been hampered by a foot injury which had kept her away from the courts for several weeks, between her abandonment in Miami on March 22, and her return to Roland-Garros.

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A jump of 20 places in the WTA rankings

Difficult moments which the Habs used. “That’s what makes you get up every morning trying to push your limits, to progress”. If its progression will be judged in the longer term, the dynamic is therefore good. And the limits actually pushed back, for the one who had already fought for 2 hours and 48 minutes against AlizĂ© Cornet in the semi-finals on Friday, and who had to request a medical time-out this Saturday to have her right shoulder manipulated. “I don’t know how we managed to fight so hard on each point”, she also launched to her opponent at the time of the presentation of the trophy.

On Monday, Garcia will be 55th in the WTA rankings, just ahead of his victim of the day, and 36th in the Race. What a calm approach to the third Grand Slam of the season, which will begin on Monday against Yuriko Miyazaki for her. “It’s a perfect meeting before Wimbledon,” admitted the one who was playing this German tournament for the first time. After the dead calm, it’s up to her to ride the wave…

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06/15/2022 At 5:02 PM

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