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’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.