Caroline Garcia in the final after her victory against Aryna Sabalenka

The Frenchwoman disposed of the 7th player in the world during a match several times interrupted by the rain, Saturday in Ohio.

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She overcame all obstacles. Despite an ailing left arm and several interruptions due to rain, Caroline Garcia qualified for the WTA 1000 final in Cincinnati on Saturday August 20. The French defeated Aryna Sabalenka (6-2, 4-6, 6-1), continuing her fine run. Petra Kvitova, 28th player in the world, awaits her in the final on Sunday.

Ranked 35th, the Frenchwoman is one of the players in form, like her victories in Bad Homburg then in Warsaw, in June and July. Garcia was certainly not the favorite against the Belarusian, 7th in the world. But she was the strongest, as evidenced by a smoothly completed first set (5 aces, 13 winning shots and 5 unforced errors). A 2:30 hiatus chilled Garcia in the second run, but she pulled herself together.

Even the return of the rain (1h30 break when she was leading 3-1 in the third set) did not disturb her. I’m very happy with the way I prepared for my return to the court, I was really ready for every point.”savored the Habs at a press conference.

Garcia largely dominated her opponent despite a physical problem, she who played the last two sets with a bandage. I don’t know what’s going on with my armshe conceded after the match. I’ll try to handle it as best I can, but I’m sure it will hold.”

Whatever the outcome of the final against Kvitova, she will remain the first player from qualifications to reach the final of a WTA 1000. Garcia is now aiming for a new title in a tournament of such a level, after her victories in Wuhan and Beijing five years ago.

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