The French Caroline Garcia, 4e world, was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Australian Open by the Polish Magda Linette (45e) 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, Monday January 23, in Melbourne. Caroline Garcia was one of the tournament favourites. In September 2022, she had reached the semi-finals at the US Open and won the year-end WTA Masters in Fort Worth (Texas), the most beautiful title of her career to date.
It is therefore Magda Linette who will face the Czech Karolina Pliskova (31e) for a place in the semis. The latter eliminated the Chinese Shuai Zhang (22e) 6-0, 6-4 in less than an hour. “I don’t believe it… I don’t understand what happened… I don’t have the words”admitted Magda Linette who, at 30 (she will be 31 on February 12), had never passed the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.
Magda Linette took advantage of Caroline Garcia’s lack of success, on the service in particular, to beat her. And after the premature defeat of her compatriot and world number one Iga Swiatek the day before, she will be Poland’s last representative in the quarter-finals. “The key was my serve, because it punished me when I was not efficient on my face-off”underlined Magda Linette, who posted a success rate of 75% of first serves.
For her part, Caroline Garcia, whose very risky game is very dependent on her serve, only managed 49% of first serves. The French also conceded thirty-three unforced errors for twenty-seven winning strokes, against fourteen unforced errors and twenty-five winning strokes for Magda Linette.
“I can’t take it anymore! »
Caroline Garcia had however started the meeting with a double break which allowed her to break away 3-0. She served for the set at 5-4, but Magda Linette picked up before dominating the tie-break. In the second set, the Frenchwoman repeatedly exteriorized her growing frustration by hitting her racquet on the ground and by a “I can’t take it anymore! » screamed from the first game of the inning.
The Pole made the decisive break to lead 5-4 and qualified on her first match point, on her serve.