New disappointment for Caroline Garcia who is eliminated without winning any game since three tournaments. While Kristina Mladenovic qualifies with the way against Angélique Kerber. The shock of this first round was won by Serena Williams who gave Maria Sharapova a bad time, eliminating 6-1, 6-1, in less than an hour …
The crisis of confidence again hit Caroline Garcia, eliminated on Monday in the first round of the US Open, while Kristina Mladenovic had a great performance by defeating 2016 winner Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams crushed Maria Sharapova.
Garcia lost 7-6 (10/8), 6-2 in 1:30 against Tunisian Ons Jabeur (62). "Trust, you lose it like that in one second and to recover it, you have to whip for a long time", found the French N.1 and 27th world. She has not won a single match in three tournaments (US Open, Cincinnati and Toronto).
Since her title in Nottingham in June, the 25-year-old has participated in seven tournaments and has never done better than a quarter-final the following week in Mallorca. It also has four defeats in the first round and two in the second. "It's very hard to live every day, games like that. To get out of this and have the confidence you want to win games so … it's complicated "she said.
Led in the first set, Garcia managed to break up to return to 6-6, but she gave in the decisive game. "It was hard to lose that first set, but I knew it was not over because I managed to break it in the second one"she analyzed.
Indeed, she took the service of Jabeur to lead 2-1 in the second set, but the Tunisian immediately disbursed to line up five consecutive games and win. "Whenever you had to accelerate a bit or get a little more points, I did not have the confidence to do it", lamented the Frenchwoman.
On the contrary, Mladenovic (54th) got a good qualification at the expense of Kerber, ex-world N.1 today 14th, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.
In the next round, the 26-year-old Frenchwoman will face her compatriot Fiona Ferro (74th). After a first set run she won on her fourth set ball, Mladenovic completely dropped the second.
" Muscle spasms "
"I felt a point in the lower back at the end of the first set," she explained. It was just muscle spasm, I do not want to talk about injury ".
The French camp also deplores the eliminations of Adrian Mannarino, Corentin Moutet, Elliot Benchetrit and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. But Lucas Pouille, Grégoire Barrere and Jérémy Chardy have increased to 5 out of 10 the number of Tricolores qualified for the second round. "It was not an obvious first round, I'm happy to get out in 4 sets" 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against German Philipp Kohlschreiber (72), admitted Apulia.
Chardy, he believes to have "Makes a very good game from start to finish" against the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (35th), defeated 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1, 6-4. For the rest, men's favorites like Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev easily qualified. Only Roger Federer had a little trouble, giving the first set to the Indian Sumit Nagal (190 and qualifying) before taking over.
Shock on the flop
The shock of the day was expected in the evening on the monumental court Arthur-Ashe … but Serena Williams has just sprayed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 at the same not one hour (59 minutes).
"It's never easy to play against Maria. After the draw, all my training was very hard, very sharp, because it was a really hard draw. "said Williams.
The 37-year-old American, who dreams of equaling her record of 24 Grand Slam titles in front of her audience, has not won a tournament since the Australian Open, her 23rd Major in January 2017. And her 2019 season was largely thwarted by injuries, first to the knee, then to the back.
"The body is fine"assured the American after qualifying on Monday. "My back is much better, so we'll have fun! "she said to a delighted audience.
US Open. Caroline Garcia eliminated, Kristina Mladenovic shines, Serena Williams sprays Maria SharapovaOuest-France.fr