Bertens, Garcia Grab WTA Titles and Momentum Headed Into French Open
by Staff | May 22nd, 2016, 12:21 am

Caroline Garcia and Kiki Bertens claimed some mojo by winning claycourt titles entering Roland Garros on Saturday.
Bertens, a qualifier, won the WTA title in Nurnberg, her second career title, defeating Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2.

“I was serving good and going for my shots,” Bertens said. “I had really good length to my shots and so she couldn’t do much from the baseline.”

Both of Bertens’ titles have come as a qualifier after winning Fes on claycourts four years ago.

After the singles final she teamed with Johanna Larsson to win the doubles, beating Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voracova 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

The Frenchwoman Garcia won her first title of the year, beating qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg.

“I felt very confident going into the final,” Garcia said. “The first set I let her back into it. The first set is super important in tennis for momentum. Because you want to get off to a good start. And I got that today, which helped for the rest of the match.”

Garcia ran out to a 5-1 lead on her homecountry soil before fighting off a comeback from Lucic-Baroni.

“It was my seventh match,” said Lucic-Baroni who was a runner-up in the same spot an amazing 19 years ago. “I was a bit slow. A bit tired. It was to be expected. I’m proud to get to the final though. People have been asking me to sign pictures from 1999 — it’s like another life. But it makes me proud to have been able to come back and be at the same stage 19 years later.”

Garcia improved to 2-2 in career finals, claiming her first title of the year.

“Another title is great — it’s progress but every tournament is a new chance to develop,” Garcia said. “But today is a great day for me, especially in front of home fans here in France.”

The 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni fell to 3-2 in career finals.

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8 Comments for Bertens, Garcia Grab WTA Titles and Momentum Headed Into French Open

RZ Says:

@Margot, J-Kath, and GL (also Jalep who I think would find this interesting) – apparently Heather Watson is on the cusp of the Olympic qualifying in terms of rankings, so her first round match against Nicole Gibbs could have big implications. Hopefully she can pull it out. They are in a 3rd set with Gibbs up an early break when they pick up the match again tomorrow.

jalep Says:

Score looks like Gibbsy was up a break in the 3rd set. Good luck Heather! Nicole has grown in confidence recently but I didn’t think she’d win. Heather, saved by the rain and still has a chance.

Istanbul champion, Buyukackay, is in the same situation.
And Sveta may lose due to the rain delay. She’s a diesel in her “old age”; takes her a set to get going. But she has a break in the 3rd. I picked her to win 3 rounds, iirc.

FO needs a roof.

Van Persie Says:

Yep Jalep, it is really annoyng…they need a roof. The weather is mostly instable in Paris in May. Why do they have a slam, if they do not have the money for a damn roof

jalep Says:

Hey, Veep! It is annoying. Had my coffee in hand, had the banana smoothie earlier, was ready to relax and watch Simona and Kei on a Sunday. Yeah, I have no idea why they don’t have a roof at this point.

Enjoy your day! I’m outta here.

J-Kath Says:

Many thanks re. Heather. I do hope she gets a win, but to be truthful, despite some very good determined play by her, I have no real confidence in her. She has that problem so many have, lack of consistency. My female Brit. is Johanna.

J-Kath Says:

Yes, Jalep: Me too had plans. Up early for my never ending paperwork, no runs to the shops, and then ….well, you know what I mean. Looked at the forecast. Some definite improvement supposedly going forward, but it looks like weather may have an input into the timing of matches and Who Wins FO…..hope not.

J-Kath Says:

PS: Think Paris FO was hot as h-ll last year.

Margot Says:

Yes, rain delays meant commies talked about little else.

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