Caroline Garcia, qualified for the quarter-finals in Cincinnati after his victory against Elise Mertens (6-4, 7-5) “It wasn’t at all the same conditions as the other days, it was very hot and very humid. At one point, with the tension, I had a heat stroke, but it went pretty well physically. I get breakered from the start by not serving very well. She puts a lot of pressure on me. It’s funny because Bertrand (Perret, his trainer) has told me : “On the opponent’s second balls, she always goes on the backhand side.” Bon bah I take three (side) forehand, great! But it’s part of the preparations for the match, once on the pitch, it can be really different.
“The 5-5 game (in the second set) is super important. I save a break point. It was very important to be ahead at 6-5. And there we had to go”
Even there, I remained glued to the score. Then, I’m really solid on the first part of the second set. But at 5-2, I got quite tense. She was super aggressive, she took it super early, changing the direction of the game each time. With her backhand, she can be very dangerous. As soon as you give him a little more time to organize himself, it’s complicated. The 5-5 game is super important. I save a break point. It was very important to be ahead at 6-5. And there we had to go. I knew it wasn’t her who would give it to me. »