In a match with twists and turns, Caroline Garcia knocked down Viktorija Golubic in the first round in Birmingham. Simona Halep also won her first match on grass in almost three years.
This is a victory that feels good! After spending a round at Roland-Garros and a round at Nottingham, Caroline Garcia, back from a foot injury, also made it through the first round for Birmingham. The world No. 74 was pitted against No. 51, Viktorija Golubic, and she fought back to win 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 after 2:46 of play and a total of eleven breaks. The Frenchwoman lost the first set despite having started it well, leading 5-2, but she missed four set points at 5-3 then two at 6-5, and she finally lost in the tie-break (7-5). The second set was less rich in twists, with only a break in favor of the French, at 3-3 to return to a set everywhere. Everything was therefore played in the third, where the players were broken four times each. Garcia missed a match point at 6-5 on her serve, and the Swiss snatched the tie-break. A tie-break where they went blow for blow. The Frenchwoman still missed a match point at 6-5, but the third was the good one, at 7-6, and here she is in the second round. It will be against the American Riske, who beat her last week, or the Briton Boulter.
Halep at the rendezvous
Back with a bang in Birmingham 💥
—wta (@WTA) June 13, 2022
Only one seed was on the program this Monday in Birmingham, and she won. Simona Halep, the No. 2, got rid of Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-4 in 1:18 to reach the second round. Eliminated in the first round of Roland-Garros, the Romanian played her first match on grass since her victory at Wimbledon in 2019 (covid had canceled the grass season in 2020, and she had a calf injury in 2021), and she obviously still had good marks. Halep started the match with a bang, leading 3-0, then 5-1, before ending with a shutout. In the second, they trailed 3-1, but leveled at 3-3 on a white break, before taking the opposing serve at the best moment, at 4-4, and concluding once again with a shutout. The world No. 20 will face British guest Dart in the next round.
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