Caramba, again missed for Caroline Garcia, beaten in the final in Monterrey

Favorite, but beaten. Fifth player in the world, Caroline Garcia was dominated on Sunday by Croatian Donna Vekic (31st) in the final of the WTA 250 tournament in Monterrey, Mexico (6-4, 3-6, 7-5), in 2h29. After 2015, the French suffered a second defeat in the final of this event, of which she has always reached at least the semi-finals in four participations.

The past week, just before the meeting in Indian Wells from March 8 to 19, has however given enough to restore some of Garcia’s confidence, even if the opposition was not very strong with five players from the top 50: With the exception of her backhand in the final, she won all of her matches in straight sets and regained her serve efficiency.

A start to the season below its ambitions

The 29-year-old’s start to the season undermined her confidence, boosted by an impressive second half of the 2022 season with two titles (Cincinnati, Masters) and a semi-final at the US Open.

She had started the year 2023 with an elimination in the round of 16 of the Australian Open then a final lost at home in Lyon, and remained on disappointing performances in Doha (defeat in the quarter-finals) and especially Dubai (elimination upon entering the race).

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