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‘Go for it’: Gutsy Garcia relishing career renaissance at U.S. Open

Sep 4, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Caroline Garcia (FRA) hits a backhand against Alison Riske-Amritraj (USA) (not pictured) on day seven of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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NY, Sept 4 (Reuters) – France’s Caroline Garcia is starting to believe “good stuff can occur again” in NY, after clawing her way to avoid it of a lifetime career slump to attain her first-ever U.S. Open quarter-final.

She notched her 12th straight make an impression on American Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-4 6-1 Sunday after becoming the initial qualifier to win a WTA Tour 1000 event in Cincinnati, the ultimate of three titles she’s collected up to now this season.

It is the culmination of an extended road back for the former world number 4, who returned from the foot injury in-may ranked 79th, having not collected a singles title since 2019.

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“I’m having a great time, enjoying playing this way, and together with it I’m glad it’s working and it’s really a great way for me personally,” she said.

Garcia said she experienced a crucial epiphany at the Bad Homburg tournament in June, where she was down a collection to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening round and thought to herself “You need to do it now.”

“You miss, you miss, nevertheless, you want to do something. You need to change, you need to discover a way to boost,” she told reporters in NY. “I was practicing to be aggressive, to go forward, but I had some issue to accomplish it on court in matches, and that is where it changed, really in the next group of that first round.

“I went for this. I didn’t know if it had been likely to work, but I really believe.”

She went for this indeed, beating former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the ultimate to get rid of her dry spell before achieving the last 16 at Wimbledon.

“I’ll say we were probably saying, ‘Good things can occur again’,” said Garcia, who was simply such good form that she won in Warsaw in July, downing world number 1 Iga Swiatek along the way.

She’s using joy in Flushing Meadows and on Sunday held her arms outstretched and beamed wildly after sending across eight aces and 30 winners to trounce the house hope.

To help keep the party rolling she’ll need to overcome an in-form Coco Gauff, a fan favourite who reached the Roland-Garros final earlier this season.

“I acquired some tough years within. I acquired some experience. We’ve been working hard another to the very best level. I’m really glad to be as of this level again. Really enjoying it,” she said.

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Reporting by Amy Tennery in NY; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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