Caroline Garcia identifies why Coco Gauff has trouble with her after upset Miami win

Garcia stunned Gauff in Miami to reach the quarterfinal and also improve to 3-2 against the American.

by Dzevad Mesic
Caroline Garcia identifies why Coco Gauff has trouble with her after upset Miami win
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Caroline Garcia didn't hide her happiness after ousting Coco Gauff at the Miami Open and also later revealed that she thinks her very aggressive style of play is causing trouble for the American tennis star. 

On Monday, world No. 27 Garcia progressed into the Miami quarterfinal after upsetting third-seeded home favorite Gauff 6-3 1-6 6-2. 

Right from the start, it was clear that Garcia came to play as she broke Gauff in the second game and then routinely held on to her serve for the remainder of the first set to win the opener. Gauff responded emphatically, starting the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 5-0 lead before serving out for the third set in the seventh game. 

When the third set started, Gauff threatened to continue her strong run but Garcia managed to save four break points in the first game and then also break the American in the second game. In the eighth game, the Frenchwoman broke the American for the second time in the third set to complete her upset win.

"It's definitely a great match and a great win for me. The last couple of months have not been easy, and definitely today following the match of yesterday it means a lot. It was some great tennis," Garcia said.

Now, Garcia owns a 3-2 head-to-head against Gauff. Previously, Garcia beat Gauff in 2021 Indian Wells and 2022 Doha while the American won their meetings at the 2022 US Open and 2023 WTA Finals. 

Following her latest win over Gauff, Garcia was asked about seemingly having something in her game that is causing the 2023 US Open champion trouble.

"I think you're right. I try to always be very aggressive and take some time away (from her). Looks like Coco doesn't really like it," Garcia explained.

"We had some good battles in the past, and I always try to go as much as I can with confidence and conviction in my shot. To have a tie record with Coco give me confidence that I have to go for it, especially after the match of yesterday with Naomi. I try to take as much time away as I can against her."

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Garcia on back-to-back wins over Naomi Osaka, Gauff

Before beating Gauff, Garcia beat another Grand Slam champion as she defeated Osaka 7-6 (4) 7-5 in the Miami third round on Sunday. By beating world No. 3 Gauff, former world No. 4 Garcia also clinched her first top-10 win since winning the 2022 WTA Finals.

When addressing her first win over a top-10 player in a long time, the 30-year-old Frenchwoman suggested that her tennis has always been there but that the actual game is just one piece of the puzzle. 

"Yeah, it is good, you know, but it's not changing everything. I had some good matches against Iga, and I was not able to get that win, but we did know that my level of tennis was still there. I was still able to play some good tennis. Sometimes I was, if you just see on paper, I was struggling more against player lower ranked than at the top one," Garcia said.

"Tennis is here, you know. You just have to put everything together. You have to manage your opponent on the other side of the net. So it's a lot of little things."

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Garcia jokes: It's good I didn't have time to think much 

After delivering high-level tennis to beat four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka, in less than 24 hours Garcia returned to the court and beat 2023 US Open champion Gauff. When asked how difficult it was to emotionally prepare for the Gauff match after such a big win over Osaka, Garcia jokingly said that not having too much time to think about her win over the Japanese helped. 

"You know, sometimes if we look at my past, if I don't have too much time to think, it's much better (smiling)," Garcia said. 

In each of her last two matches, Garcia received treatment for a shoulder issue. Revealing more details on that, Garcia shared that it's an old injury that has reappeared in Miami. 

"I have some history with some pain lately with my shoulder, and it's hard to get rid of it. It was going way better the last couple of months. For some reason it came back, so we'll try to do as good as we can and to recover and be ready," Garcia said.

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Caroline Garcia© Getty Images Sport - Megan Briggs

In her next match, Garcia will be playing against an American again as she is set to battle against 2022 Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins for a place in the Miami semifinal. Against Collins, Garcia lost their last meeting at the San Diego Open last year and has a 0-3 head-to-head. 

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