Qualifier Caroline Garcia Bets Jessica Pegula in Cincinnati Masters Semifinal

Qualifier Caroline Garcia Bets Jessica Pegula in Cincinnati Masters Semifinal
Caroline Garcia of France returns a shot to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in their group match during the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai 2018 in Zhuhai city, south China's Guangdong province, 2 November 2018 — Photo by ChinaImages

Caroline Garcia adds to her number of wins as she beat Jessica Pegula 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open. She will next meet Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals on Saturday.

Match Highlights:

The past few seasons have not been easy on Garcia. She was down to No.76 in the World Rankings as late as February this year. Many had her written off but slowly and surely the French player has carved her way back and has nearly breached the Top 30 again.

She reached the second round of the French Open this year and then the fourth round of Wimbledon. Since June 2022, she has won 23 times.

To reach the quarterfinals match with Pegula, she had to beat Maria Sakkari and Elise Mertens.

Pegula, on the other hand, is yet to win a title this year. Her best performances were in the semifinals of the Miami Open and the Canadian Open.

“Yeah, (it) feels great, Garcia said after her win.”

“It was a really good match on my side, very solid, very aggressive really in the beginning until the end.”

“I mean, we know Jess is a tough fighter, very solid player, plays very flat, never let go. She [is having a very strong year so far. I had to play my best and try to be as aggressive as I can.”

“Some rallies were very, very fast. I think I did very well. Served [well] to get free points. Its always very nice to get free points. It [gave me more confidence to put pressure on her while returning, and it paid off at the end.”

“It’s a lot of matches in tough conditions, Garcia said, speaking of going through the qualifying matches.”

“I had to play a lot of matches back to back. Its good for me, because it gives me confidence that the hard work we are doing on court and off court is paying off because I managed to go on court every time as easily as I can and with good feeling on my legs.”

“So its very positive for my team and for myself, because 1000 events are a lot of matches against a lot of tough players in a very [short] time. Its a good accomplishment and it can give me confidence for the rest of the year.”

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