Garcia's Gallant Win Vs Errani
Published May 08, 2014 12:13
Garcia had the unusual circumstance of coming into this third round match barely having played more than a set in Madrid, as up a set and a break on World No.8 Angelique Kerber in the first round, the German retired, giving Garcia technically the best win of her career. And then Garcia received a walkover in the second round over Maria Kirilenko. Nevertheless, she was in terrific form even before Madrid, as she followed up her first WTA title in Bogotá at her last WTA event with two Fed Cup singles wins for France against the USA. She was going for her fifth Top 20 win, with her previous four all occurring since February.
The Turning Point
Garcia comfortably won the first set after getting out to a 3-0 lead. From 3-3 in the second set, Errani won five of the next six games to take the set and get out to a 2-0 lead in the third. But Garcia rallied and won three straight games and six of the next seven for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 triumph.
By The Numbers
Though she only converted on five of 14 break point opportunities, Garcia still outdid Errani in that category, as the Italian made good on just three of 14. The victory was Garcia's eighth straight and improved her to 7-1 on clay this season.
"I'm very happy to win against Sara. She's a good fighter," Garcia said. "You really have to stay focused the whole time against her, so it's a very good win for me.
"She's a very good player on clay. This will help me gauge how my clay court preparation is going. It's a good test."
Garcia squares off with World No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska, whom she has never played.