French Open: Anna Blinkova beats fifth seed Caroline Garcia on ninth match point to reach third round
Garcia Exits Roland Garros
With Garcia gone, the French women are without a seed in the singles' draw while none of the French men were among the top-ranked. On a sun-kissed Court Philippe Chatrier, where most of the ticket holders had opted for lunch over tennis, Garcia broke for a 2-1 lead in a strong start to her bid to claim consecutive wins on clay for the first time this season. She did not face a single break point in the first set and stole Blinkova's serve in the first game of the next set, only for her Russian opponent to break straight back.
Garcia conceded another break in the fourth game with a double fault and a third one in the fifth as Blinkova blitzed through the set despite facing some late resistance.
Blinkova pounced early in the decider and served for the match at 5-4, only for Garcia to save match points to level for 5-5.
She saved other match points at 6-5 after dropping her serve but Blinkova finally got a first serve in to end Garcia's campaign.
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Elsewhere, Daria Kasatkina, a semi-finalist at last year's French Open, moved into the third round with a 6-3 6-4 win against Czech Marketa Vondrousova, which included a spectacular tweener that will likely go down as one of the shots of the tournament.
Men's fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas progressed to the third round for the fifth straight time with a clinical 6-3 7-6(4) 6-2 win over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in two hours and 16 minutes.
Italian Fabio Fognini also kept his good run going, beating Australian Jason Kubler 6-4 7-6(5) 6-2.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 2:22 pm