45 in the world Caroline Garcia said that one of the keys to her shocking victory over top-ranked Iga Swiatek in Warsaw was having faith in her abilities. In the Warsaw quarterfinal, Garcia, 28, defeated top-seeded Swiatek 6-1 1-6 6-4.
Swiatek had an 18-0 record this season on clay entering the quarterfinal contest in Warsaw. According to the WTA website, Garcia remarked, “I tried to be ready for it because it was a very important match.” “I pressed her hard right away and got off to a terrific start.
She came back strongly as soon as I relaxed a little bit, which is what happens when you’re playing against a quality player. The final set was unquestionably really strong tennis because I maintained my positive attitude and continued to have faith in my abilities and style of play.”
Swiatek lost to Garcia in three sets.
Garcia made a good impression right away. securing consecutive breaks for a 4-0 advantage. Swiatek recovered one break in the fifth game to reduce the score to 4-1. Garcia, who broke Swiatek once again in the sixth game before serving out the first set in the following game, didn’t let losing one break affect him.
Swiatek seized a 2-1 lead in the second set as Garcia, who had won the first set, failed to capitalize on two break points in the third game. Garcia paid the price for failing to convert break points in the third game as Swiatek won back-to-back breaks in the fourth and sixth games to force a deciding.
In the ninth game of the third set, Garcia broke Swiatek to give her team a 5-3 advantage. Garcia was unable to hold on to win the game after that because Swiatek broke back to reduce the score to 5-4. Garcia broke to secure a three-set victory in the tenth game, during which Swiatek was serving to stay in the match, and the Pole wasted two game points.