Caroline Garcia wins her opening match at the Indian Wells


Caroline Garcia defeats Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 to qualify for the next round

Caroline Garcia wins a thrilling three-setter in her Round of 128 match at the Indian Wells against Ukraine’s Yastremska. After winning the first set, Garcia narrowly lost the second one in a hard fought tie-break. Both players were very strong on their serves and Garcia eventually got a decisive break in the third to clinch the set and the match.

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On paper, Garcia was the favourite in terms of rankings going into the match. However, Yastremska had the edge over Garcia in head to head meetings. The players had met each other twice before with Yastremska winning on both occasions. In terms of rankings, Garcia is ahead occupying the 66th spot while the Ukrainian is currently ranked No. 103 in the world. These factors made this match a hard one to predict and it shows in the eventual result.

Caroline Garcia aims to break into the top 50 of women’s tennis

Caroline Garcia has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the WTA singles rankings. She reached her career-best rank in 2018 but since then there has been a drop in her performances and results. The French tennis star is currently ranked No. 66 in the world. Garcia has won 7 WTA titles in her career so far with her best finish in a Grand Slam being a quarter-final finish at the 2017 French Open.

Garcia is a very established doubles player as well. Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic have been strong doubles pairing in the WTA circuit. They were ranked No. 2 in the world in 2016 and went on to win the French Open in the same year. Presently, Garcia has fallen well below the ladder due to a lack of participation in doubles events. She is currently ranked 175 in the world in doubles.

Caroline Garcia is scheduled to face Emma Raducanu in the next round. The British teenager is currently ranked No. 13 in the world and is definitely going to be a tough challenge for Garcia. Raducanu rose to fame after winning the 2021 US Open singles title as an 18-year old.

Since then, she has not been in the best of form. She went into her last event, the Guadalajara Open as the no.1 seed but bowed out in the first round itself. She gave her opponent a walkover midway through the match due to an injury.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu at the 2021 US Open (SkySports)

The Round of 64 match between the two players will be Raducanu’s first of the tournament as she had received a bye in the first round due to her high ranking. Raducanu is going into the tournament as the 11th seed. The match is scheduled to be played tomorrow, 11th March.

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