Caroline Garcia arrives at Roland-Garros without security. Absent for some time in the circuit to solve physical problems, she had also given up the Strasbourg tour last week. Despite a convincing first round against Townsend (6-3, 6-4), the Frenchwoman showed her current limits by losing, on Thursday in the second round, against Madison Keys (6-4, 7-6 ).
Caroline Garcia remained unresolved for a long time in confronting the American. At the start of the first set, she scored no points in the first four games of her opponent’s serve. And since the latter was quite dangerous for Garcia’s engagements, the Frenchwoman ran after a long-delayed break. Keys tensed as he served for the set, the crowd woke up and with two double faults it gave Garcia the opportunity to return to the first set. Insufficient: Garcia, who wanted to be more aggressive, was clumsy in the next match, with a thoughtless climb up and a completely missed shot. The mistake offered the American set.
The second round was much more indecisive, Garcia’s aggression was finally fairer. Keys often went to rallies and both women took turns doing their service without much risk. Garcia had only two break points to save, which she did with a service winner and a volley back. Keys was no longer worried about her service. Logically, the two women reached the “tie-break” and there, the American accelerated, supported her shots, in Garcia’s corner. A first mini break was confirmed and Keys managed to close from his first point of the match.
The 22nd American in the world will find the Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the third round.