Assertive Garcia extends strong run to re-enter top-20 ranking

Aug 21, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Caroline Garcia (FRA) reacts to some extent in the course of the girls’s closing match towards Petra Kvitova (CZE) on the Western & Southern Open on the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 22 (Reuters) – With readability of thought and renewed belief in an attacking fashion of play, France’s Caroline Garcia clinched her third title of the season on Sunday on the Cincinnati Open and climbed again to the top-20 of the ladies’s world rankings.

Garcia, 28, was ranked at a career-high fourth in 2018 however slipped down the ladder due to confusion over her strategy of play and harm issues.

Since getting back from a foot harm in May, when she was 79th within the rankings, Garcia has received a WTA 1000 title on hardcourt, received a grasscourt occasion in Bad Homburg and the Warsaw event on clay.

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“We made it clear which way I have to play, which direction I have to go,” Garcia, who climbed up to world quantity seventeenth on Monday, mentioned, referring to her new coach Bertrand Perret and her group.

“So when I step on court, I know what game style I have to play, and I know what I have to do, and always try to do it the best I can.”

In Cincinnati, the final massive tune-up occasion earlier than the U.S. Open, Garcia got here by means of the qualifiers earlier than taking down Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula – all three ranked within the top-10 of the ladies’s world rankings.

She defeated two-time former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova within the closing to underline her title aspirations for the hardcourt main in New York from Aug. 29.

“When I arrived on tour, I was definitely playing like that,” Garcia informed reporters about her offensive sport, confirming it was the one approach ahead for her. “That’s the way in which it was working for me. That’s the way in which I discovered to play tennis.

“Sometimes I did doubt it, as a result of it was not all the time working… And then I did it type of half and half, and it was not working anymore.

“I have to accept that it may not work every time.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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