MONTREAL, Canada - Simona Halep may have beaten Caroline Garcia in the quarterfinals of last year's Rogers Cup - but that does not mean the Frenchwoman is out for vengeance when they clash at the same stage in the same tournament today.
"After Toronto [in the Rogers Cup last year], we played each other again," Garcia told reporters after her Round of 16 victory over Maria Sharapova. "She won. I won. I mean, we often play each other. If it's a revenge each time, it's going to be complicated. I will just focus on [the] match and try to draw the lessons from the past. There's no particular revenge."
The 24-year-old knows it will be a tough test against the World No.1.
"She has very few weaknesses. She's solid on all shots. I will have to be aggressive with my power and use my assets. Generally she's able to prevent me from playing my game."
Currently World No.6, Garcia knew she would have to work hard to get past Maria Sharapova in the Round of 16; in their previous encounters, the Russian had logged four wins to the Frenchwoman's one.
"It was special to finally beat her after a good fight," Garcia admitted afterwards. "You know, to beat Maria Sharapova, doesn't matter which ranking she has, it's always special because she has a lot of experience - she's a great fighter on court."
And she was pleasantly surprised by the amount of support she got from the Montreal crowd - and hopes for more of the same against Halep.
"Maria Sharapova is famous all around the world, but I realized when they said my name that I was being supported," she noted. "I think for women's tennis it's a very good crowd, and they were really enthusiastic. I really am happy that I played well here. I hope I will be able to do the same tomorrow."