The site remains immense. If she showed signs of progress at Flushing Meadows with a fine victory over Karolina Pliskova in particular, Caroline Garcia still lacks consistency in performance. The Frenchwoman was thus dominated from the start on Tuesday in Rome by the Estonian Anett Kontaveit in two tight heats (6-3, 7-6) and 1h38 of play. In the second round, the 21st player in the world, seeded number 14 in Italy, will be opposed to the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova who overthrew the American Bernarda Pera (3-6, 7-6, 6-3).
In the game, Garcia stood up to his opponent, dominating him even in streaks in cadence. She also obtained the first two break points of the match on the first opposing service game. But in the end of the set, the arm shook, undeniably. At 4-3 against her, the Lyonnaise thus committed no less than 3 double faults, giving up her commitment, then the round in stride. Bis repeated in the second act, this time at 3 everywhere. Suddenly very tense, Garcia offered his service again on a plateau with … 3 new double faults (only 37% first too).
A scenario all the more regrettable as she had not committed any in her other service games. However, she had the merit of rebelling to break up when Kontaveit was serving for the match, and this on two occasions (5-4, then 6-5 against her). But a ninth and last double in the tie-break got the better of his resistance, Kontaveit then streaking towards victory (7 points to 1). Before Strasbourg, Garcia now knows what she has to work on: a few baskets of balls are probably waiting for him in training to refine his serve.