Winning her two biggest titles to date and eleven matches in a row, Caroline Garcia has had a damn good fortnight! The Frenchwoman defeated soon-to-be crowned world number one, Simona Halep in Sunday’s Beijing final. Garcia won, 6-4 7-6(3) in one hour and 52 minutes.
Garcia once again demonstrated her mental fortitude in a marathon seventh game of the second set where she saved nine (!) break points to hold. Halep will want a few of those opportunities back, particularly where she failed to put a return back in court, but Garcia delivered the goods. The Frenchwoman is riding a huge wave of momentum and battled through the second set tiebreak to win her first Premier Mandatory title.
Highlights of the final by the WTA can be found at the link below.
A reminder of the latest WTA Insider podcast with Simona Halep which I listened to this morning. I did laugh when Halep remarked that after the Sharapova match at the US Open, Darren (her coach) had told her that her serve was s*** 😂. Halep’s first serve percentage was down in the first set of this final, but otherwise she served extremely well all week in Beijing.
By virtue of winning Beijing, Garcia has moved above Johanna Konta into the eighth and final spot for Singapore. Based on their respective forms, I think Garcia’s got it. I’m disappointed for Konta who has been top eight for most of the year although she has been really struggling of late. The Brit pulled out of Hong Kong with a foot injury.
Caroline Garcia is the number one seed in Tianjin where she is set to play Maria Sharapova in the first round. I’d be surprised if she plays next week having had three very busy weeks.
Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan just keep on winning.
The main draw for Hong Kong is an absolute cracker with five of the world’s top 20. I’ve ended up with a Svitolina-Radwanska final in my Draw Challenge.
The main draw for Linz is out including wild cards for Belinda Bencic and Anna-Lena Friedsam. This is one of the weaker draws I can remember for Linz with no top 25 players. I’ve ended up with a Giorgi-Strycova final on my Draw Challenge.
This was a lovely feature on Monica and Puerto Rico.
And finally, I spent most of my day making a raspberry trifle terrine. It didn’t entirely go to plan and was supposed to have another layer, but happy with how it looked in the end!