No.5 seed Caroline Garcia was not deterred by an opponent on the rise or a lengthy rain delay at Wimbledon on Monday, and she booked her spot in the second round of the year's third Grand Slam event.
France's Garcia ousted 21-year-old Katie Volynets of the United States 6-4, 6-3 on No.3 Court, winning her opening match at Wimbledon for the sixth time in her career. Garcia's career-best showings at Wimbledon are Round of 16 appearances in 2017 and last year.
In the second round, Garcia will take on Canada's Leylah Fernandez, the 2021 US Open finalist. Fernandez outlasted Kateryna Baindl of Ukraine 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in their first-round match on Monday.
Garcia and Fernandez have previously faced off two times, both instances coming earlier this year. Garcia has won on each occasion, in two close sets at the Australian Open and in three sets at Indian Wells.
Powerful Garcia prevails: Making the 45th Grand Slam appearance of her career, Garcia was powerful and aggressive on return, as is her custom. The Frenchwoman won over half of the points returning the Volynets first service, and she was rewarded with a 4-for-8 break point conversion rate.
World No.125 Volynets hung with Garcia for the majority of the first set, with no breaks of serve for either player through 5-4. But in the final game of the opening frame, Garcia grabbed her first set point with a powerful forehand, and she converted it with a return winner.
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A patch of unforced errors caused Garcia to fall behind a double-break at 3-0 in the second set, but she reeled off four games in a row before rain halted play for about an hour and a half.
The precipitation did not halt Garcia's momentum as she stormed through the remainder of the match, clinching the last six games overall. Garcia finished the encounter with 25 winners to Volynets's 10.
Fernandez grabs gritty win: On Court 14, Fernandez required 2 hours and 23 minutes of action to fend off Baindl, in a match between two players who were each seeking their first Wimbledon main-draw win.
Fernandez, a former Top 15 player currently ranked No.95, twice battled back from a break down in the third set, and she squeaked out her first Wimbledon victory in just her second main-draw appearance. World No.85 Baindl is now 0-5 in Wimbledon first-round matches.
In the decisive third set, Fernandez had 11 winners to Baindl's six, and the Canadian went a perfect 3-for-3 on break points.