Australian Open | Caroline Garcia and Aryna Sabalenka moved up to eighth

(Melbourne) Caroline Garcia, 4H World, reversing a match that started very poorly to finally defeat Germany’s Laura Siegemund (158H) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 and thus reach the round of 16 of the Australian Open where she will be the only French representative.

“I played very well, used the ball’s speed very well,” admitted the 29-year-old Lyonise, who will face Poland’s Magda Linette (45).H) to get a place in the quarters.

Unable in the first set (4 winning shots, 16 unforced errors) to set up his match against an opponent who succeeded in everything, Garcia had to wait for the second set to regain efficiency in serving and thus rebalance the debates and tie the game with one. group everywhere.

But Siegemund held out without making it any easier for her opponent.

So when Garcia broke to lead 4-3 in the third set, she had to fight to stress her face.

Finally it was she who closed the service of Siegmund on the second match point and when the German had three chances to win her match.

“The last game sums up the whole game,” Garcia, who saved a total of six break points out of nine conceded, said. But she finished with 29 winners against 37 unforced errors.

The Australian major is one of the four least successful for them historically: they’ve reached the last 16 only once (2018) and lost in the first round last year.

Sabalenka continues on her way

Arina Sabalenka, 5H The world, obviously, was dominated by the Belgian Elise Mertens (32H) 6-2 and 6-3 on Saturday in the third round and reached the knockout stage in Melbourne for the third time in a row.

PHOTO NG HAN GUAN, Associate Journalist

Arina Sabalenka

“I’m playing better than last year and maybe that’s why I’m having more fun,” said the 24-year-old Belarusian, who will face 10-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic.H) to attempt to climb for the first time in the quarter-finals of the Australian Grand Championship.

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Three times Grand Slam semi-finalist (Wimbledon 2021, US Open 2021 and 2022).

Sabalenka has yet to drop a single set not only from the tournament but from the year, which began with a title in Adelaide 1.

“That’s a great statistic, but I don’t care. I’m just trying to do the best I can,” she said.

His next opponent Bencic also remained for a title before the Australian Open, in Adelaide 2.

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