Caroline Garcia, 4th in the world, reversed a very bad start to finally beat the German Laura Siegemund (158th) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 and thus reach the round of 16 of the Australian Open, where she will be the only French representative.
“She played very well, used the speed of my ball very well”, admitted the 29-year-old Lyonnaise who will face the Polish Magda Linette (45th) or the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (18th) for a place in quarters.
Unable in the first set (4 winning strokes, 16 unforced errors) to set up his game against an opponent who succeeded in everything, Garcia had to wait for the second set to regain efficiency in the service and thus rebalance the debates and equalize at one set everywhere.
But Siegemund hung on without ever making it easy for her opponent.
So when Garcia broke to lead 4-3 in the third set, she had to fight to confirm on her own face-off.
And it was finally she who concluded on Sigemund’s service on her second match point and when the German had had three chances to win her game.
“The last game sums up the whole game,” said Garcia, who saved a total of six break points out of nine conceded. But she finished with 29 winners for 37 unforced errors.
The Australian Major is the one of the four that has been the least successful for her historically: she only reached the round of 16 there once (2018) and was left with a defeat in the first round last year.