Maria Sharapova loses to Caroline Garcia at Stuttgart Open
Maria Sharapova, a Russian professional tennis player and five times grand slam winner, lost in three sets to Caroline Garcia in the first round of Stuttgart Open.
Maria, who made her comeback from a 15-month ban, due to doping in a tournament held last April, won the first set very smoothly but the 31-year-old professional player couldn’t resist the determined Caroline Garcia from dragging herself back into the game through a simple tie-break.
Garcia kicked off the match with a strong fightback to prevail 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in only 2 hours and 44 minutes winning her very first victory over the former world No 1 at her fifth attempt, dating back to an iconic match at Roland Garros when Gracia was a 17-year old in 2011.
The game was clashed by a double fault from Sharapova at 4-4 which handed Garcia a crucial break in the decider and the world number seven clinched the contest on her serve in the next game.
“I was a little more aggressive today and I returned a bit better. Finally, I can say that after seven years I have beaten her. It’s an important win,” Garcia added.
Nonetheless, Garcia won the middle set on her fourth opportunity in the tie-break holding her nerve in the decider. The French topper recovered from an early break down to not only level the match, but score a thrilling victory in a pressured final service game in the perfect timing.
Gear up for the Wimbledon tickets for the next round up of Garcia against a Ukrainian teenager Marta Kostyuk who beat Antonia Lottner 6-4, 6-1. The 15-year-old Kostyuk qualified for the main draw by overcoming France’s Alizé Cornet on Monday. We trust the tournament will be worth our Wimbledon ticket prices.