Euphoric on this Wimbledon with the almost historic victory of Alizé Cornet yesterday against Iga Swiatek and the presence of three representatives in the round of 16 (a first at Wimbledon since 2005), French women’s tennis, we will not hide it , took a small hit on the head with the defeat of Caroline Garcia, beaten 7-5, 6-2 in 1h23 on Court 2 by the Czech Marie Bouzkova this Sunday at the start of the program.
We might have preferred that this “Middle Sunday” be “non-working”, as was the British tradition until this year, and that this match had been postponed to Monday. But if this dry defeat in two sets against a player ranked 66th in the world, and who had never reached a second week in the Grand Slam until now, may appear at first sight as a big underperformance, it also takes the temper by not underestimating the enormous performance achieved by Bouzkova, who only committed four tiny unforced errors in the whole match.
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Bouzkova missed almost nothing
Caroline Garcia was expected from the solidity of the Czech, who had beaten her very dryly in Birmingham last year, already on grass (6-3, 6-0), and who had released the seeded n ° 7 Danielle Collins here in the 1st round. That did not prevent her from being picked off cold with a conceded break (0-2 then 2-4) which ultimately cost her dearly. Because the Frenchwoman had to “whip” so much to get back to the score, something she finally managed to do to stealthily take control and lead 5-4, that she ended up paying for her efforts at the end of the 1st set, eventually lost 7-5.
It’s because Caroline, faithful to her ultra-offensive temperament set up since the start of her season on grass, came up against a major problem: opposite, Bouzkova missed almost nothing and offered a fairly impressive quality of passing, forcing the Frenchwoman to play an extra shot each time and produce miracles at the net. Caroline Garcia succeeded for a while. But it only lasted a few minutes. Gradually, his magnificent tennis ended up crumbling until it collapsed from 2-2 in the 2nd set.
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We thought that at one time or another, Bouzkova might drop a little. But the Czech, in tears after her victory, never relaxed her grip one iota, putting on the last four games of the match to climb to her first Grand Slam quarter-final. She will possibly challenge Ons Jabeur there, if she overcomes Elise Mertens.
As for Caroline Garcia, her series of eight victories on grass (after her title in Bad Hombourg last week) therefore ends there but the Frenchwoman can console herself: at the bottom of the hole a few months ago, victim of an aponeurosis plantar that earned her a small intervention at the end of March, she has regained an excellent level of play. And can, once again, consider the sequel with serenity.
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