Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Kerber easily dispatches Garcia

Angie Kerber (12) broke the Caroline Garcia (7) serve early to take a 3-1 lead.

Kerber keeping her shots consistently deep, and Garcia appearing tight and contributing too many unforced errors, was allowing Kerber to control the match - a second service break and 4-1

A love game with a backhand winner from Kerber, and two backhand misses from Garcia took Angie to 5-1.

Finally loosened up, Garcia hit two forehand winners and a quality serve to take the score to 2-5.

A forehand winner helped Kerber to two set points, but a Garcia forehand winner and a Kerber error brought it to deuce.  Angie settled the situation with another excellent forehand and the set point was converted thanks to a Garcia error.  6-2 Kerber, and Garcia would need to curb the error count and garner heavy support from her home crowd if she entertained any thoughts of winning this match.

A winning Garcia overhead couldn’t do enough to offset the three unforced errors (adding to the 17 in set one) and a double fault, and Kerber broke for a 1-0 advantage.  More errors from the French racquet combined with a complete game from the German player made the consolidation of the break rather simple - 2-0 Kerber.

A love game from Garcia to give her a boost of confidence but 2-1 to the twelfth seed.

A love game of her own gave Kerber a 3-1 lead.  All at sea, Garcia faced three break points in the fifth game, and a magnificent backhand winner from Kerber sealed another service break and a 4-1 lead.

5-1 without any problems and now just a game from a quarter final.

Garcia saved four match points and held serve, asking Kerber to serve it out.

The first break points of the match for Garcia on the back of some great shot making, and she converted the first of them to trail 3-5 and earn a little grain of hope.

Angie Kerber snuffed out any hope by converting a fifth match point with a Garcia error, the last of a multitude offered during the match.  Kerber kept her count to a bare minimum.

The 6-2 6-3 win takes Kerber to a second Roland Garros quarter final, having been there in 2012.

She now has the tough task of taking on Simona Halep.  She also, for the moment, jumps over Jelena Ostapenko into the top ten position.

Of course Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina and Maria Sharapova have chances of moving into the top ten should Kerber falter.

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