Down but never out: Former Top 10 player Caroline Garcia rallied to win her eighth career Hologic WTA Tour singles title in impressive fashion at the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Voelkers.
Garcia came from a set and a break down against resurgent 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu to win her first WTA singles title in three years, though she and fellow Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic partnered to win their second Roland Garros doubles title earlier this month. Andreescu led 7-6(5), 4-2 before Garcia won four straight games to level the match, and was also up 2-0 in the final set.
In the match's final game, Garcia held serve from 0-30 down to close out the 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 win. She hit a crunching forehand winner at 30-30 to earn championship point, and dropped to the ground in celebration when Andreescu's final ball floated long to end the 2 hour, 42-minute championship.
Garcia now owns three grass-court singles titles, having previously triumphed in Mallorca in 2016 and in Nottingham in 2019. She previously saved match point to beat compatriot Alizé Cornet in the semifinals, and also came from a set down in her opening round win against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Having arrived in Bad Homburg ranked No.75, Garcia will return to the Top 60 with her victory.
Andreescu was bidding to win her first title since her famous triumph in New York three years ago. She hadn't lost a set en route to the final, knocking off No.7 seed and Roland Garros semifinalist Martina Trevisan in Round 1, and knocking out top seed Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals. She also received a walkover from No.4 seed Simona Halep in the semifinals, as the former World No.1 withdrew with a neck injury.
Both women now turn their attention to Wimbledon; Garcia will play her first round match against British wildcard Yuriko Miyazaki on Monday, while Andreescu opens against American qualifier Emina Bektas on Tuesday.
Hozumi, Ninomiya take doubles title
While two unseeded players squared off for the singles title, the top two seeds played for the doubles crown. No.1 seeds Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya captured their third title of the season by beating No.2 seeds Alicija Rosolska and Erin Routliffe in a match tiebreak, 6-4, 6-7(5), [10-5].
The top seeds were taken to a match tiebreak in each of their four wins over the course of the week, and all three of their title-winning finals this year were won in a deciding set. They saved a match point in both their first round and semifinal victories.