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 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.