She has “gritted our teeth and crossed our fingers”, according to him. With a certain sense of the formula, Caroline Garcia summed up her second round, won on Wednesday against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. If the score and the progress of the match suggest a fairly quiet evening or at least controlled, they do not completely sum up the early evening of the French, who had to get rid of the Belarusian and ignore a recalcitrant left knee .
Winner in two sets (7-6, 6-2), Caroline Garcia will see the third round of the French Open (editor’s note: she stopped in second in 2019) and will be dealing with Elise Mertens. The Belgian is the step above and the French will have an interest in being on top physically, which was not the case on Wednesday. At the heart of a tight first set, the former world number 4 twice called on the physiotherapist. The reason ? A left knee that was playing tricks on him. At 3-2 in her favor and 5-4 for Sasnovich, she had to be manipulated. The medical work has borne fruit as the Frenchwoman left no feathers on the court (7/6).
In the second set, she was far superior to the 96th player in the world who, out of a second ball (30%), had to give up twice her throw-in to Garcia, relentless when she found an opening (2 / 2 on break points). Opposite, Sasnovich had the opportunities. But let them all pass (0/7), to the delight of the Lyonnaise. Qualified despite “two or three alerts”, Caro Garcia is moving forward. And that is the essential point.
Despite a knee scare, Garcia came to grips with the Sasnovich problem