Cincinnati Masters 1000: but who will stop Caroline Garcia?

Before her quarter-final in Ohio, the French number one is asserting herself as one of the most in-form players of this end of the season.

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For a month, it has been almost impregnable. After his victory against the notnumber one Iga Swiatek then her second title of the season at the Polish Open at the end of July, the French Caroline Garcia dominated the world number three Maria Sakkari in the round of 32 of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati (7-6, 6-7, 6 -1), before dismissing the Belgian Elise Mertens (6-4, 7-5) to access the quarters of the US tournament. On Friday, August 19, she will face the American Jessica Pegula, world number eight, to reach the semi-finals.

If we exclude her defeat against her compatriot Alizé Cornet in the 32nd finals of the WTA 1000 in Toronto (3-6, 6-3, 6-3), the 35th in the world remains on ten consecutive successes. Even in 2018, when she had reached fourth place in the world, she had not left such an impression of mastery and serenity. After switching coaches last December, the 28-year-old returned from a foot injury mid-season. Winning return for the puncher, whose devastating forehand seems more reliable, and helped by a more efficient mental and physical preparation than in the past.

A mind of steel, shovelful victories, fewer unforced errors… what can we hope for the best for the US Open? In New York, the Yvelinoise has never passed the round of 16 in singles (2016, 2017, 2020). In Grand Slam, her best performance dates back to a quarter-final at Roland-Garros in 2017. But this year, she remains on a victory in doubles on clay in Paris and on her best performance at Wimbledon, with an eighth final. . If she won in Cincinnati, Caroline Garcia would become the top seed in Flushing Meadows, as well as a potential underdog.

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