Caroline Garcia vs. Ying-Ying Duan, Roland Garros R1 Preview

Roland Garros, R1 Preview
🇫🇷 (7) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇨🇳 Ying-Ying Duan

The French number 1: Caroline Garcia opens her Roland Garros campaign against China’s Ying-Ying Duan. Garcia seemingly turned her career around at Roland Garros last year with a quarter-final showing, her best performance at a Grand Slam, she has not looked back since. 12 months later Garcia enters this years event as a genuine contender, the first time a French woman has been in this position for a while.

Caroline Garcia of France during practice of the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Garcia brings really good form into the second Grand Slam of the year. The 7th seed had a really good run to the semi-finals in Madrid where she beat quality opponents in Cibulkova, Martic, Goerges and Suarez Navarro before succumbing to Kiki Bertens. A week later Garcia reached the quarter-finals in Rome with wins over Babos and Stephens before succumbing to Simona Halep.

The form of Ying-Ying Duan heading into Paris is awful. Duan played a couple of lower level events in China of late and suffered early round exits. Clay is easily Duan’s least preferred surface, she plays very little tennis on this surface and will enter this tough opening round match with Garcia as a huge outsider and nothing to lose.

This will be the first career meeting between Garcia and Duan.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Julia Goerges, Madrid R3 Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, R3 Preview
🇫🇷 (7) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇩🇪 (11) Julia Goerges

An exciting third round clash in Madrid sees Caroline Garcia come up against Julia Goerges. Garcia and Goerges have rocketed up the ranking in recent times, both have dramatically improved their games and are more consistent and reliable than ever. Expect to see a lot of flashy winners in this match-up as two of the most aggressive players on tour go head-to-head…

Caroline Garcia of France in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Caroline Garcia is building momentum. Garcia arrived in Madrid on the back of a nice run to the semi-finals in Stuttgart where she claimed notable wins over Maria Sharapova and Elina Svitolina. Garcia has made her way into the third round in Madrid without dropping a set. Garcia started the week with a 6-1 7-5 win over Caroline Garcia before beating Petra Martic 6-3 7-5. Garcia almost made a mess of her match with Martic as she saw her 4-0 lead in the second set turn into a 4-5 0-30 deficit but Garcia caught fire with her back to the wall as she blasted winner after winner past Martic to end the match in straight sets.

Julia Goerges has had two contrasting matches on route to the third round. Goerges started the week with an easy 6-2 6-4 win over Timea Babos before having to dig deep to come from a set and a break down to defeat Lara Arruabarrena 2-6 6-4 6-2. This is the first time Georges has reached the third round stage in Madrid since her run to the semi-finals in 2011.

It was Garcia who won the only previous match between the pair, a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win in Beijing in 2016. Can Goerges reverse their previous result? Or will Garcia be too strong?

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Caroline Garcia vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, Stuttgart SF Preview

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart SF #1 Preview
🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇺🇸 (wc) CoCo Vandeweghe

Caroline Garcia and CoCo Vandeweghe will do battle in Saturday’s first semi-final from the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Garcia and Vandeweghe both head into this semi-final clash with a heap of momentum, both have claimed multiple victories over top quality opposition on route to the final 4. This promises to be an exciting clash between two flashy opponents, who be the first to book their ticket in Sundays final?

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her quarter-final match at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Caroline Garcia is having her best week of the season thus far. Garcia started the week in style as she came from a set down to defeat 3-time former Stuttgart champion Maria Sharapova 2-6 7-6 6-4. Garcia has gone the distance in all 3 of her matches this week, typical of the Frenchwoman who is one of the tour’s 3 set specialists. In the second round Garcia scrapped past Marta Kostyuk 6-1 3-6 7-5 while it was at the quarter-final stage that Garcia claimed her biggest win, a 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over Elina Svitolina. Garcia fought back from a set and a break down to win her third consecutive match over Svitolina, incredibly Garcia lost the opening set in a tiebreak in all 3 of those victories.

CoCo Vandeweghe has put together a surprisingly impressive run in Stuttgart. Vandeweghe blasted past Stephens in the opening round where she dropped just 1 game before battling past defending champion Laura Siegemund in 3 sets. Like Garcia, it was at the quarter-final stage where Vandeweghe claimed her biggest scalp, a 6-4 6-1 win over world number 1 Simona Halep. On paper Vandeweghe’s win over Halep was one of the biggest of her career, especially given it was on the American’s least preferred surface. The highlight of Vandeweghe’s game this week has been her serve, her biggest weapon is working well.

The H2H record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece heading into this match. Both of their previous matches were in Wuhan, Garcia won 6-3 6-2 in 2014 whilst more recently it was Vandeweghe who won 6-3 6-7 7-6 in 2015.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Caroline Garcia, Stuttgart QF Preview

Porsche Tennis GP, Stuttgart QF Preview
🇺🇦 (3) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia

Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia will renew hostilities when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Friday. Garcia got the better of Svitolina on 2 occasions last year, on both occasions Svitolina was in a winning position, the Ukrainian will head into this match with a point to prove and revenge on her mind.

Caroline Garcia of France in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Svitolina and Garcia both survived scares in the second round against talented young opponents. Svitolina was totally outplayed by Marketa Vondrousova but her Czech opponent’s level soon deteriorated before she retired injured in the third set. Meanwhile, Garcia was pushed deep into a third set by Marta Kostyuk. Garcia’s experience ultimately played a big part at the pointy end of the match as the Frenchwoman claimed a 6-1 3-6 7-5 victory. Garcia did also produce a strong opening round performance where she beat Maria Sharapova in 3 sets whilst Svitolina received a bye through the opening round.

It is Garcia who heads into this match with a 2-1 H2H advantage. Svitolina easily beat Garcia in their first meeting in Cincinnati back in 2015 but it is Garcia who won their two recent matches at the end of last year. A 6-7 7-5 7-6 win in Beijing and a 6-7 6-3 7-5 win at the WTA Finals. Can Svitolina get revenge in Stuttgart?

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Caroline Garcia vs. Marta Kostyuk, Stuttgart R2 Preview

Porsche Tennis GP, Stuttgart R2 Preview
🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇺🇦 (Q) Marta Kostyuk

An exciting second round clash in Stuttgart sees the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia come up against 15-year-old rising star Marta Kostyuk. Both Garcia and Kostyuk enter this match on a high. Garcia claimed a huge win over Maria Sharapova in the opening round whilst Kostyuk has already won 4 matches in Stuttgart having come through a tough qualifying draw to reach the main draw.

Caroline Garcia of France in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Caroline Garcia’s 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory over Maria Sharapova on Tuesday was one of the biggest wins of the Frenchwoman’s career. Whilst Sharapova is not at her best right now, it was the manner in which Garcia fought past one of the greatest competitors the game has seen that was extremely impressive. Garcia looked destined for defeat for the vast majority of the match, two points from defeat in the second set tiebreak and down a break in the third set, it would have been easy for Garcia to crack. However, Garcia kept fighting and eventually over-powered Sharapova to claim a memorable win.

Marta Kostyuk is easily the most impressive teenager on tour. At 15 years of age, Kostyuk is already inside the top 150 and has had impressive results in 2018, most notably a run to the third round at the Australian Open. Kostyuk secured her spot in the main draw by coming from a set down to defeat Alize Cornet in the final round of qualifying after she defeated Julia Middendorf and Alexandra Cadantu in straight sets. Kostyuk kicked off her main draw campaign with a fairly comfortable 6-4 6-1 win over Antonia Lottner. At this stage of the tournament Kostyuk now has nothing to lose.

This will be the first career meeting between Garcia and Kostyuk. It will be the second time Kostyuk has come up against a top 10 opponent after she was beaten by Svitolina in straight sets at the Australian Open earlier this year.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Caroline Garcia, Dubai QF Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, QF Preview
🇪🇸 (2) Garbine Muguruza vs 🇫🇷 (5) Caroline Garcia

Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia will go head-to-head for the second time in as many weeks when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday. Muguruza got the better of the Frenchwoman last week, coming from a set down to beat Garcia in the quarter-finals in Doha. Muguruza has won both of the previous matches beaten the pair, it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard can keep her perfect record over the Frenchwoman alive.

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Garbine Muguruza arrived in Dubai fresh off a solid run to the final in Doha last week. Muguruza came up just short against Kvitova in the Doha final but still had a lot of positives to take from that match and the week in general. The Spaniard started her Dubai campaign with a 6-3 7-5 win over Catherina Bellis in a match that started at around midnight and ended at close to 2am. It will be interesting to see how Muguruza recovers.

Caroline Garcia has advanced to the quarter-final stage in Dubai with a couple of victories over tough opponents. Garcia started the week with a tight straight set win over Lucie Safarova before confirming her spot in the final 8 with a 6-4 6-2 win over Ekaterina Makarova. What has stood out this week has been Garcia’s ability to play well at all the important stages, this is an area where Garcia has generally improved quite significantly over the last few months.

Muguruza has a perfect 2-0 record over Garcia. Muguruza beat Garcia 6-4 6-2 in Tokyo last year and 3-6 6-1 6-4 in Doha last week.

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Caroline Garcia vs Madison Keys, Australian Open R4 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R4 Preview
🇫🇷 (8) Caroline Garcia vs 🇺🇸 (17) Madison Keys

An exciting fourth round match-up at Melbourne park sees Caroline Garcia take on Madison Keys in what is a fascinating battle between two players on the rise. Garcia and Keys have had contrasting passages to the second week in Melbourne. Garcia has had to battle through all three of her matches, two of those wins were in 3 sets. whilst Keys has cruised through her matches, all in straight sets. The pair both have powerful, flashy games, Garcia is a bit more versatile but Keys has more firepower. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this one.

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Caroline Garcia is into the fourth round stage at Melbourne Park for the very first time. Garcia came into the event with some question marks surrounding her fitness after she retired from her opening round match in Brisbane and did play another event before heading down to Melbourne. Nevertheless, Garcia has battled her way though some very tough matches. Garcia started the week with a 7-5 6-3 win over Carina Witthoeft before fighting from a set down to defeat Market Voundrosova 6-7 6-2 8-6 in extreme heat. Garcia secured her first appearance in the second week at Melbourne Park by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3 5-7 6-2. Garcia is clearly still confident in important moments after all her success late last year, the 24-year-old has raised her level at every important moment throughout the first week in Melbourne.

Madison Keys has cruised into the fourth round at the Australian Open without dropping a set. Keys stared the week with a 6-1 7-5 win over Qiang Wang in what loomed as a tough opening round match-up. Keys then produced a sublime performance to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0 6-1. Madison was given a tough test in the third round where she got past Ana Bogdan 6-3 6-4. Keys’ serve has been broken just twice throughout the event, both of the breaks were in the American’s opening round win over Wang. When Madison’s serve is firing she is extremely dangerous.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Most recently it was Keys who won 6-3 6-4 win Wuhan in 2016.

Caroline Garcia vs Venus Williams, WTA Finals Singapore SF Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
Semi-Final #2: (8) 🇫🇷 Caroline Garcia vs (5) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams

Saturday’s second semi-final in Singapore sees two unexpected semi-finalists go head-to-head as Caroline Garcia comes up against Venus Williams. Garcia and Williams were both comfortably defeated in straight sets in their opening matches before securing their passage through the group stage with back-to-back hard-fought victories. This should be an exciting encounter between two powerful, flashy, tough competitors. Can Garcia keep her incredible record in Asia going? Or will Venus continue to defy the odds? 

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Caroline Garcia, Singapore Red Group Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
RR: 🔴 Red Group: (6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs (8) 🇫🇷 Caroline Garcia

Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia will kickstart the penultimate day of proceedings in the white group on Friday. Wozniacki has the been by far the most impressive performer over the first few days in Singapore and has already confirmed her spot in the semi-finals courtesy of winning her first two group matches. Garcia is in a dogfight for the second semi-final spot in the white group, a win here would go a long way to the Frenchwoman securing an unlikely semi-final spot in Singapore, however, she is still a chance to qualify even if she does not win, depending on the result of the other match in the white group.

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Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Garcia, Singapore Red Group Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
RR: 🔴 Red Group: (4) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (8) 🇫🇷 Caroline Garcia

Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia will be desperate to make amends for their disappointing first up loses in Singapore when the pair collide in Wednesday’s second match from the red group. Whilst the tournament is not over for either of these two, It’s virtually do or die for Svitolina and Garcia in this crucial red group match. The head-to-head record between these two is split at 1 win apiece, most recently the two contested an epic at the quarter-final stage in Beijing, Garcia saved match point before eventually winning in a final set tiebreak. The contrast in styles between these two should make for another fascinating clash on Wednesday night in Singapore, who will prevail this time around?

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