STRASBOURG, France - Defending champion Carolina Garcia returned to the quarterfinals at the Internationaux de Strasbourg with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Poland's Magda Linette.
Behind six aces and 22 winners, the Frenchwoman hardly put a foot wrong after falling behind a break in the first set over the course of the 83-minute second round match.
"It was a good match. The beginning was very important and very intense," Garcia said. "The game at 2-1 was very important - she had points to go up 3-1 but I kept fighting.
"This game changed the first set; I was feeling better and better and using my forehand which is important for my game."
After Linette earned the first break of serve to lead 2-1 in the first set, Garcia ran off the next four games for a 5-2 lead, as she got the set back even on her fourth break point before later saving a pair in the seventh game.
"It's great [to have the support of the crowd]," Garcia said. "I had some difficult weeks in the past, and to be back in France and see the support of the French people didn't change and is even more important than before.
"It's people I don't even know, but they are behind me - it doesn't matter what happens. That's really something I want to...use the best I can and really remember it when [things] are difficult."
The second set proved more of the same, but this time it was Garcia who nabbed an early break to lead 2-1 and never surrendered serve for the duration - though she was forced to saved another two break points at 4-2.
Garcia will face Kristyna Pliskova for a place in the semifinals, as the Czech ousted No.9 seed Monica Puig in the second round on Tuesday, 6-2, 6-3. The J&T Banka Prague Open finalist has reached at least the quarterfinals in three of her last four tournaments played.
"I think it's going to be a very different match than the last time we played," Garcia said about their lone meeting - her 6-2, 6-1 win at the Volvo Car Open in 2013. "We both really improved...in four years. It's a good test to play against her - she has a great serve, great forehand, very powerful. She did well on clay...so she's confident. It'll be a good challenge for me."