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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Garcia, this blue dream

Garcia, ce rêve bleu

What if she’s gone completely? Calm, sure of her strength but with complete humility, Caroline Garcia makes her mark at the US Open. At 28, the French No. 1 climbed to the quarterfinals of the New York Major for the first time in her career, where she pushes herself a little more every day like a serious contender for the title. An opinion shared by tennis legend John McEnroe, who sees him as “Stan Wawrinka” in reference to his loud strokes and late rise to the top (the Swiss player won his first Grand Slam, Open Australia, 29 in 2014). Won at the age of.)

García would be the only French representative in the quarter-finals, as Corentin Moutet (112th and drafted from qualifying) shortly before his qualification was 6–1, 6–2, 6–7 (4/7) against the Norwegian Rood. had fallen from. , 6- 2. Leonis had never before beat Alison Riske (29th) in three matches. But for a few weeks, she has found tennis that allowed her to climb to 4th in the world in 2018 and she made short work of the American, swallowing 6-4, 6-1 in 1h22. “Allison is a very tough player, a fighter, she moves a lot. I had to be very aggressive. The first set was tough, it wasn’t great tennis, I had to handle my emotions. The second round was great,” she said. Analyzed after celebrating his general victory, arms spread like an airplane flying over the Louis-Armstrong court.

“I feel confident”

The current 17th player in the world, who has never passed the third round of the New York Major, thus equals her best result in a Grand Slam tournament, having already played the quarterfinals at Roland-Garros in 2017. She will look to do even better this Tuesday against finalist American Coco Gauff (12th) of Roland-Garros finalist.

“I’m so excited to be in the quarter, I’ve built up a lot of confidence since Cincinnati,” said the Frenchwoman, referring to her WTA 1000 title just before the start of the US Open. Against Riske, Garcia takes a set to break free. But on a winning return, he took the only break of the set to complete the first set. Locke was jumped and Leonis clearly dominated the second set, even though it took five match points to finish, as well as save three break points for the American. García will slip from 17th to 12th in the WTA rankings despite the outcome of the overnight quarter-finals from Tuesday to Wednesday. But it is not sure that one who feels in “one of the best forms of his career” is not satisfied with it.

The road will still be long. In the case of a win against the young American, the tricolor could beat the formidable Tunisian Ons Jabeur (5th), recent Wimbledon finalist, Serena Williams’ fowler Australian Tomljaovic (46th) on its way. But the goal never seemed so close. If Garcia is crowned at Flushing Meadows, she will become the first French woman to win a Grand Slam title (men’s and women’s combined) since Marion Bartoli at Wimbledon in 2013.

Kyrgios, repeated twice?

It was also the seventh day of the New York tournament, and most of all, Daniil Medvedev’s men’s draw ended with a flamboyant Nick Kyrgios, winner 7-6 (13/11), 3-6, 6-3, 6. 2. Eccentric as always, but without losing control, the 25th player in the world also reaffirms his position as a new contender for the title in the Majors. The Australian qualified for the first quarterfinals of the US Open of his career by knocking out the defending champion in the round of 16, who would lose his world No. 1 seat as a bonus. His brilliant performance with Arthur Ashe in Clammy was a dazzling confirmation of a real transformation he had seen in recent months, after two dark years weighed down by depression and suicidal thoughts.

His tennis was motivated, hard and fine, won with forceps, without false notes or fear or breaks, like high-flying tie-breaks, wiping out the first three sets of balls in the process. “I’m happy to be able to show in New York how well I can play. I work out every day, really hard”, he reacted warmly after asking Patrick McEnroe, who asked him the question. Came to see if they “enjoyed” the show.

The Australian disbanded well with three double faults in his first game at the start of the second set, allowing Medvedev to escape and then equalize. And not forgetting to reduce his frustration, he slammed his racket on the ground. Kyrgios put it all together in a matter of minutes… but his bright tennis covered his dark side. Even if it meant making a mistake, a joyous insanity spurred on when he, at the start of the third set, bypassed the net to pick up a volley from Medvedev, who was coming out of the hallway. “I thought I had the right. It’s going to be all over social media and I’m going to look like an idiot,” he joked.

His show of strength was no less spectacular till the end. When Medvedev managed to take his concern, Kyrgios was able to score points, especially on the fly and with 21 aces, including two chains, followed by a service winner in the fourth set, from his opponent. To reverse the last inclination. “It was a high level game. I faced Novak (Djokovic), Rafa (Nadal) who are all playing very well. Nick played a little bit at that level today. If he continues that way till the end of the tournament stays, he has every chance to win,” paid tribute to Medvedev, a handsome player, rarely abused at Flushing Meadows, where he reached the last four. The last version of the three.

In the excitement of the Wimbledon finals, losing to Novak Djokovic (absent from the US tournament due to refusal to vaccinate), and his recent win at the Washington tournament, which ended a three-year deficit, the volcanic Aussie largely calmed down. And he seems more determined than ever to see what his immense talent allows him to expect. “I’m going to sleep,” he says before leaving the court. Before that, I would have gone. His future opponents have been warned.

Gabriel Blondel and AFP

What if she’s gone completely? Calm, sure of her strength but with complete humility, Caroline Garcia makes her mark at the US Open. At 28, the French No. 1 climbed to the quarterfinals of the New York Major for the first time in her career, where she pushes herself a little more every day like a serious contender for the title. An opinion shared by legend…

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