Wimbledon 2022 - Caroline Garcia ends Emma Raducanu's run with impressive win in straight sets
It was an extremely impressive performance from Caroline Garcia as she showed all of her experience and class against the home crowd favourite Emma Raducanu. Garcia progresses to the third round where she will face off against Zhang Shuai from China for a chance to move into the fourth round of the third Grand Slam of the year.
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Caroline Garcia ended Emma Raducanu's Wimbledon run with ruthless efficiency as she rattled off a 6-3 6-3 win in the second round on Wednesday.
Raducanu had struggled for fluency in her first-round win, but had hinted at things to come. Unfortunately for the British public, none of that came to fruition as Garcia showed her class on Centre Court.
Garcia found multiple breaks in each set to secure the victory in a little under 90 minutes.
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World No. 55 Garcia held from 0-30 down in the opening game and then broke to move 2-0 ahead.
Although Raducanu hit straight back when Garcia twice netted from deuce on her serve, the set then slipped away from Raducanu as she lost three games in a row.
Garcia’s attacking approach earned her a second break after Raducanu slipped on the grass, and she consolidated following two backhand errors from the British No. 1.
Raducanu managed to save a set point on her own serve but Garcia closed it out on confident fashion in the next game.
France's Caroline Garcia reacts as sho competes against Britain's Emma Raducanu during their women's singles tennis match on the third day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2022.
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Garcia continued to press and look to step into the court, but Raducanu responded by creating a break-point chance and then rattling through a love hold.
Still it was Garcia who looked on top in most rallies and a break in the fifth game left Centre Court subdued.
The noise soon cranked up as Raducanu followed up a winner with a brilliant return and then broke after a Garcia double fault. But Raducanu couldn’t build on her efforts and a double fault in the next game led to Garcia restoring her advantage.
The crowd tried to rouse Raducanu but this time she couldn’t hit back and Garcia sealed an impressive victory with a backhand winner.
Watch daily highlights from Wimbledon at 10pm on Eurosport 2 and discovery+ from June 27, as well as the two singles finals live on July 9 and 10.