MONTREAL, Canada - No.6 seed Caroline Garcia scored her second career win over Maria Sharapova in emphatic style to move into the quarterfinals at the Coupe Rogers.
Ever since Garcia infamously took a set off Sharapova in her impressive performance at 2011 Roland Garros, Garcia had never been able to defeat the Russian, doing 0-4 over the next four years. But she finally snapped the streak this year at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart earlier this year, coming back from a set down in the first round.
Today’s confident 6-3, 6-2 victory puts Garcia through to her seventh quarterfinal of the season, and extends her 2018 streak against Russian players to four wins in a row.
“I think [beating Maria in Stuttgart] make a difference because for me it was special to play against Maria,” Garcia admitted later in press. “I always had in my mind the match in French Open in 2011. It was special to finally beat her after a good fight.
“To beat Maria Sharapova, doesn't matter which ranking she has, it's always special because she have a lot of experience, she's a great fighter on court. Until it's not done, you know it's not done.
“It was for me important to come back in Stuttgart in three sets. Today I was I think more ready to fight and to play better.”
Meanwhile, Sharapova came into the match battle-tested, having dropped a combined five games across two matches here in Montreal, and she continued that stellar form against Garcia to start the match with an early break, going up 2-0.
But she ran up against some big resistance as the Frenchwoman's all-court game finally got going. Garcia put Sharapova under plenty of pressure on serve, seeing the ball early and returning it with interest. She grabbed the break straight back to level the match and reeled off six of the next seven games to steal the set away from Sharapova.
Sharapova dug deep to score a massive hold at 2-2, needing a marathon 11 minutes to deny Garcia break point opportunities. But it proved to be in vain as Garcia revved up once again, reeling off the next four games in a row, breaking twice more to put away the match in an hour and 30 minutes.
“The few amount of chances I did have in the second, I just didn't do the right things,” Sharapova said. “I thought she played extremely well today, did the right things consistently: played deep, hard, served well. That's something that I didn't do well today.
Garcia will get an even bigger test in the Montreal quarterfinals, awaiting the winner between top seed and reigning World No.1 Simona Halep or No.13 seed former World No.1 Venus Williams in the next round.
She’s seeking to become the first Frenchwoman to lift the trophy here since Amelie Mauresmo in 2004.