And Caroline Garcia had the last word. After 77 minutes of a second set under high tension and in which neither player had managed to make a difference, the Frenchwoman saved two balls from one set everywhere in the decisive game before offering herself the victory against to Sabine Lisicki Thursday (6-3, 7-6 ). Here she is in the semi-finals in Bad Homburg, where she could find Alizé Cornet if the latter gets rid of Angelique Kerber.
Against a German (804th in the world this week) in full comeback after a serious injury, Garcia was able to better manage the important points, like these twelve break points discarded on the twelve occasions that Lisicki obtained. “I really tried to stay focused on the presentrewind the 37th World after the meeting. It’s an important mentality, even more so on grass. And between my style of play and that of my opponent, some points could be very short. I managed to stay calm throughout the match and I had confidence in my game and in my service even if sometimes my first ball didn’t help me much in the second set. »
“I’m trying to produce a more aggressive game that matches my identity and is even more important on grass”
The 28-year-old Frenchwoman managed the three hot moments of the match well: the entry break points for Lisicki at the start of the match, her service game at 0-1 in the second act where she bent without breaking and the two set points against her in the tie-break. On the first, she unleashed a long-line forehand. On the second, the backhand of the German came out. Two points later, Garcia could savor his qualification and his good week.
After two timid first grass tournaments, the Frenchwoman reminds us that she can be comfortable on this surface (two titles). “I’m feeling good, it’s been good matches, I’m using my serving skills well to get free points and I’m trying to produce an aggressive game that matches my identity and is even more important on grass”, explained the one we saw very often in the court when returning. She will have the opportunity on Friday to whistle in the final, which would be her first since 2019.