Caroline Garcia goes to the round of 16, despite a catastrophic start against Laura Siegemund

Before his third round at theAustralian Openthe newspaper The Team almost hurt Caroline Garcia this Saturday morning with her article entitled “Why Caroline Garcia is in a favorable position to reach the semi-finals”. The sports daily thus evoked “the low difficulty” of this match against his opponent of the day, the German Laura Siegemund (34 years old), modest 158th in the world in the WTA ranking. It must be said that their only confrontation so far, in the first round at Roland Garros in 2021, had been one-sided, with a demonstration of the Lyonnaise (6-3, 6-1).

We have long feared an inverted scenario, this Saturday in Mebourne, since Caroline Garcia went completely through the first set (1-6). The title holder of the Women’s Masters, on the other hand, recovered afterwards, to win the next two sets (1-6, 6-3, 6-3). In 2:10, she therefore qualified for the round of 16 of this Australian Open, where she will face the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (18th in the world) or the Polish Magda Linette (45th).

The 29-year-old, semi-finalist of the last U.S. Open, remains the last tricolor still in contention in Melbourne. She will therefore aim for the first quarter-final of her career at the Australian Open, after having openly confided in December her “dream of the first Grand Slam” this season.

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