Caroline Garcia kept a perfect record against Aliaksandra Sasnovich intact on Wednesday at the Guadalajara Open AKRON ... but just barely.
The third-seeded Frenchwoman saved two match points in a come-from-behind second-round win at the WTA 1000 event, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.
Garcia was 5-0 against Sasnovich coming into Tuesday's match, dating back to their first meeting in 2017. But after nearly two hours of play, she was a point away from losing to Sasnovich for the first time as the World No. 89 served for the win at 6-4, 6-5.
But Garcia stayed positive in light of 85 unforced errors in 2 hours and 45 minutes, as she struggled to adjust to conditions at altitude in her first match of the week, and ultimately cleaned up her game in the third set. She saved a break point in her first service game and got the deciding break of Sasnovich's serve at love at 3-3.
"We saw a few forehands directly in the wall behind [the court]," Garcia joked afterwards, "but it is what it is!"
"I'm very happy and very pleased with the way I managed to fight at the end of the second set," she continued. "I lost a little bit my serve at the end of the first set and the beginning of the second set, but I managed to come back. It's a great win, and I definitely need wins."
Garcia moves through to a third-round meeting against American Hailey Baptiste, who also saved a match point in her second-round upset of No. 16 seed Karolina Pliskova on Monday.
190 - With victory over Dayana Yastremska, Victoria Azarenka has claimed her 190th WTA 1000 match win. Azarenka's 190 wins are the most of any player at WTA 1000 events, since the format was introduced in 2009. Benchmark.#GDLOpenAKRON | @WTAGuadalajara @WTA @WTA_insider pic.twitter.com/RU2jOI6gb2— OptaAce (@OptaAce) September 19, 2023
In the same quarter of the draw, former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka also moved into the Round of 16 with a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over Dayana Yastremska.
No.10 seed Azarenka had to fend off two set points at 5-4 in the second set to prevent the match from heading into a third set. The two-time Australian Open champion was able to get out of that jam before wrapping up the second-set tiebreak after 2 hours and 9 minutes of play.
"I had to adapt and fight, and that's how I got the win," Azarenka said on court after her victory.
Azarenka, who reached the Guadalajara Open AKRON semifinals last year, will next face No.7 seed Veronika Kudermetova for a spot in this year's quarterfinals. Kudermetova has won both of their previous meetings, including in Adelaide at the very start of this season.