Caroline Garcia will not play her second final of the year in Lausanne, after her title in Bad Homburg. In Switzerland, the French was stopped by Petra Martic (6-4, 1-6, 6-3), conceding her first defeat against the Croatian in four confrontations.
Garcia, however, has little to be ashamed of. Very realistic, Martic converted the only break point of the first set to break away 2-1. True to his offensive credo, Garcia however did not find the key to the opposing service whose kick often deprived him of the right reaction time. But in the game, she was present.
As a reward, she quickly got three break points at the start of the second set. If the first two died in the net, the third, behind a big forehand attack, pushed Martic to the fault. Freed by this break, Garcia transmitted the top speed while her opponent marked time. The set veered to a lone rider and the No. 6 seed quickly tied at one set all.
While Garcia finally seemed to have got his hands on the game, Martic came out of nowhere for a break a little against the direction of the game. The Croatian confirmed to lead 4-1 and Garcia multiplied the gestures of frustration. She couldn’t manage to take her opponent down the long line from which she often emerged as the winner and the match was particularly choppy.
Multiplying the efforts in defense, Martic broke to lead 5-1 after a superb backhand pass. Back to the wall, Garcia erased a break. The exchanges became hard and it was necessary to employ to gain a point. Garcia came back to 5-3 after a game where she had done everything, both points and fouls. But a final return into the net on play gave Martic the game.
Qualified for the final, the Croatian will face the surprising written Olga Danilovic (124th), faller of Anastasia Potapova (79th).