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World No.4 Caroline Garcia Opens Up About Her On-Court Struggles

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France’s Caroline Garcia admits she is baffled by her current form on the Tour as she broke down in tears during her post-match press conference after crashing out of the Italian Open. 

Garcia, who won the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals last November, suffered a shock 6-4, 6-4, loss to Colombian qualifier Camila Osorio in the third round. It is the fourth WTA tournament in a row where the world No.4 has failed to win back-to-back matches. Since reaching the final of the Monterrey Open during the first week of March, Garcia has only managed to register five Tour wins. 

Speaking to reporters in Rome about her current form, the 29-year-old says she is struggling to balance her expectations with what is happening on the court to her. 

A bit of everything, in fact. Often the intentions aren’t bad, but the execution is quite bad. Once it accumulates, I can’t take it anymore, it gets on my nerves, it frustrates me enormously,” L’Equipe quoted Garcia as saying
“It’s been like this for quite some time. Sometimes it’s hard. I try, but it doesn’t work.” She added. 

Garcia’s frustration comes after a stellar 2022 season when the Frenchwoman claimed a quartet of WTA titles and reached the semi-finals of the US Open for the first time in her career. She also recorded eight wins over top 10 players. 

However, Garcia’s recent struggles have resulted in her questioning her own game as she seeks a solution to regain her momentum in the sport. 

“I make the effort, I feel like I’m doing things well and I want to go all the way,” she explained.
“When I arrive on the court, everything I did well, I don’t do anymore. After a while, I would like to know why, at least manage to control it and change that. Instead of enjoying the moment on the court, it becomes a nightmare.”

Garcia’s honest admission comes just weeks before she plays in her home Grand Slam at the French Open. A former quarter-finalist in 2017, she has suffered second round losses in Paris the past two years. 

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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