Garcia beats Kvitova to win Cincinnati Open


Caroline Garcia capped off a long week by defeating Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-4 to win the Cincinnati Open women’s singles title on Sunday and become the first qualifier to win a WTA Tour 1000 tournament.

After battling in qualifying, Garcia beat three of the world’s top 10 opponents, Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula, on her way to the final where she gave a masterclass against two-time Wimbledon champion Czech Kvitova.

Leading the WTA Tour in aces and second in break points saved, the 28-year-old Frenchwoman relied on her big guns to clinch her third title of the season, tossing 11 aces and saving all eight break points she faced.

Since returning from a foot injury in May, Garcia has won three events on three different surfaces, on clay in Warsaw, where she beat world number one Iga Swiatek, on grass in Bad Homburg and on hard court in Cincinnati. .

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