Caroline Garcia had one of the toughest first-round matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. On Tuesday, the French player faced the Russian Maria Sharapova and prevailed in three sets, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 to defeat the Russian for the first time in career after losing all the four meetings previously played.
In her on-court interview, Garcia commented on the win: ‘I think it was a very close match, as it was always expected I know she’s a fighter and until the end, it would be very difficult. I was more aggressive today and I returned a little bit better [than in their past matches].
Finally, I can say that after seven years, I beat her.’ Garcia also added, ‘She’s really playing every single point at 100% it’s definitely a very important win today. Sometimes, you have to think a little bit more and play with more accuracy, and that’s what I did in the last few games.
I was a little more aggressive today and I returned a bit better. Finally, I can say that after seven years I have beaten her. It’s an important win.’ Source: the Guardian