WUHAN, China - Caroline Garcia came from a set down to beat former World No.1 Angelique Kerber in the first round of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
"The first set, I lost it, but my impression was it was still close...I kept fighting very hard," she said after the match.
"Some games were very tough, very long, but I kept winning it. I'm very happy with the win, definitely."
Kerber had been in complete control in the first set, using her fantastic forehand to good effect in the opening exchanges, taking her second set point after Garcia struggled to respond.
The Frenchwoman rallied in the second, though, taking charge with an early break of serve, and improving her returns. She also dealt much better with Kerber's forehand, and forced the decider.
After a delay due to the high temperatures on court, Garcia resumed where she left off, building a streak of seven straight games. Although Kerber managed to avoid a third-set bagel it was only a temporary reprieve as the Frenchwoman continued to dominate her and deservedly took the match.
In the second round, Garcia will face Christina McHale, who came through qualifying and then beat Roberta Vinci in the round of 64.