Caroline Garcia keeps French hopes alive



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Caroline Garcia keeps French hopes alive

It was no easy feat to have victory over the feisty Elise Mertens at 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 but Caroline Garcia pulled out a winner after a set down, and did it with style. She felt dejected and disgusted that none of her shots were working in the first set.

She'd glace over at her box of masked gentlemen, her father looking worried and coach just staring as she fumbled and hit shots off balanced in the opener. Things looked more bleak than the rains hitting the closed roof at the Philippe Chatrier Court.

She broke early in the second set with a delicate drop shot surprising her Belgian opponent. She was able to find the open court for winners and sliced and spun her storkes gaining victory and approval from the fans. The few hundred that were there started to clap as her inspiration and courage grew.

At 5-4 a chip over the net scored her a fist clinch and 2nd set victory.

It was in the third that told the tale and Mertens couldn't do anything to stop the sweet smell of success that was so deserving of the hometown player Caroline Garcia.

At her press conference she expressed her gratitude saying "to have some crowds to be able to share it with is even more special, especially here they're really cheering for me." The third round is that more significant because when tournaments resumed after the Pandemic, Garcia hardly made it to the third round of any tournament.

At the Lyon Open in France, she lost to Alison Van Uytvanck in the quarterfinals. Then at the Cincinnati Masters played in New York's National Tennis Center in Flushing, she lost in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka in the Round of 32.

Later at the U.S. Open she'd faced another loss to Jennifer Brady in the third round in straight sets too. The Istanbul Open and in Rome her success had faltered so the next big thing to do well would be in her home country at Roland Garros.

Most of her rounds went to three sets with her being victorious. Can Caroline Garcia celebrate a happy flight in the fourth round with Elina Svitolina? If she remains consistent and uplifting she may be happy to raise her arms and continue flying smilingly through the Roland Garros tournament.