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Garcia vs Brady WTA Nottingham Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Garcia snap three-match losing streak against Brady?

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 15 Jun 2019
  • Caroline Garcia vs Jennifer Brady is live from Nottingham on Saturday, 15 June from 1:30pm local time/ 1:30pm BST
  • Brady leads the head to head 3-2, and has won all three matches in 2019
Caroline Garcia (PA Sport)

Top seed, Caroline Garcia will attempt to end a three-match losing streak against American, Jennifer Brady, and move into the final of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, when they meet in the semis on Saturday.

Garcia and Brady have seen quite a lot of each other this year, with Brady taking out the Frenchwoman in Hua Hin, Dubai and Indian Wells. Will the American continue her dominance over the former world No. 4, or can Garcia snap that streak, and move into her second final in three tournaments?

Garcia has previously reached her first final of the season in Strasbourg in the week before the French Open, losing to Dayana Yastremska in the final. She couldn't reproduce that form at Roland Garros as she fell to Anna Blinkova in the second round of her home Slam.

Prior to reaching that final in Strasbourg, Garcia had not made a single quarter final in 2019, as she had only managed to reach the Round of 16 in Miami and Madrid, and the third round of the Australian Open- the only tournaments where she managed back-to-back wins before Strasbourg.

She was 7-10 before Strasbourg, but has improved to 8-2 since then, following that runner-up finish in Strasbourg, and her current results in Nottingham. Garcia made a very solid start to her Nottingham campaign, dropping just seven games in dispatching British duo, Naiktha Bains and Maia Lumsden, but she was pushed a lot harder by Romania's Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the quarter finals on Friday, before coming through 4-6 7-6 6-1.

In a match shifted to the indoor hard courts in Nottingham due to the rain (instead of the designated outdoor grass), Ruse made the quicker start, breaking in the opening game of the match and maintaining her lead till the end of the first set. There were no further break points in the match until 5-5 in the second set, and they were against Garcia, but the Frenchwoman served her way out of trouble to hold for a 6-5 lead, before controlling the ensuing tie break to force a deciding set. Buoyed by that escape, Garcia dominated the final set, dropping just three points on serve and facing no break points en route the two-hour victory. Overall, she served 10 aces, and won 72% and 69% of points on her first and second serves respectively.

“I was ready for a fight and I definitely got it, so I’m very happy with the way I fight and kept believing in myself" said the world No. 28 said. 
“It was difficult, I had to save break points at 5-5 in the second, but I was very aggressive and going for my shots, and I’m very pleased with the way I improved at the end of the second set and in the third.", she added.

Garcia will now try to end her losing streak against Brady, as she goes in search of a spot in the Nottingham final.

Brady booked her spot in her first WTA semi-final since 2017 when she scored a very impressive 7-5 6-3 victory over No. 4 seed, Maria Sakkari on Friday.

The American got off to a very slow start, dropping her serve twice as she slipped to a 1-4 deficit, but she finished the first set very strongly, winning six of the next seven games to take the opener. She scored two more breaks in the second set (as against one from Sakkari), and finished off the win after an hour and a half.

“I'm really happy with the way that I competed today," said Brady. 
"I had a bit of a slow start. She started very well. She was playing really aggressive, taking my serves early and cracking returns. She made me feel the pressure a bit, but I was happy with the way I hung in there and I was able to close it out on serve."

Brady had earlier beaten Shuai Zhang by an identical scoreline in the first round, before battling past Sara Sorribes Tormo in three sets in the second, and now Sakkari to register three straight wins for the first time this season. Her previous best results were at Indian Wells and Dubai, where she made the third round. She also got to the final at the WTA 125K meet at Indian Wells. 

Brady has mainly struggled on the WTA Tour this season, falling inside the first two rounds in Hua Hin, Prague, Strasbourg and Roland Garros, and failing to qualify for Brisbane, the Australian Open, Doha, Miami and Madrid.

She reached a career-high 60th on the WTA rankings in 2017- the year she made the fourth round at the Australian Open and the US Open, but she was out of the top-100 by the end of a disappointing 2018, when she failed to win consecutive tour-level matches all through the season. 

The American was as low as 125th at the start of 2019, but she climbed back into the top 100 after reaching the third round in Dubai, and hasn't slipped out since then, peaking at No. 76, and owning a current ranking of 80th. This semi-final run will further consolidate her position in the top-100.

And who says the run will not go beyond the last four?

Brady leads her next opponent, Garcia 3-2 on head-to-head, but the more intriguing part those numbers is that her three wins have all come in 2019. The American has won just 10 tour-level matches this season, and three of them have been against Garcia!

For Garcia, this isn't exactly a good time to play Brady, as the world No. 80 does not only possess the confidence from her recent wins over the Frenchwoman, but also momentum from the matches she has already won this week. With the way Garcia initially struggled against Ruse in the previous round, the 'upset' is very much on the cards here.

Caroline Garcia vs Jennifer Brady is live from Nottingham on Saturday, 15 June from 1:30pm local time/ 1:30pm BST

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