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Garcia vs Paquet WTA Strasbourg live streaming, preview and tips - Former champion Garcia looking to return to Strasbourg final

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 24 May 2019
  • Caroline Garcia vs Chloe Paquet is live from Strasbourg around 3.30pm local time on Friday (2.30pm BST)
  • Garcia won their only previous clash at the 2017 French Open
Caroline Garcia (PA Images)

Caroline Garcia continues her bid for a second Internationaux de Strasbourg title on Friday when she meets No. 222-ranked countrywoman Chloe Paquet in the semi-finals.

Fourth seed Caroline Garcia will fancy her chances of returning to the Internationaux de Strasbourg final on Friday as she squares off against compatriot Chloe Paquet in the semi-finals.

After beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni for the 2016 Strasbourg title, Garcia bowed out in the semi-finals in 2017 to Daria Gavrilova and didn’t play last year’s edition - can she make it back to the final on Friday? The former World No. 4 has been forced to dig deep to reach the semi-finals this week, coming back from a set down against Shelby Rogers in the opening round, taking out Rebecca Peterson in straight sets in the second round and once again recovering from an initial deficit to edge out rising star Marta Kostyuk in Thursday’s quarter-finals, prevailing 3-6 6-3 6-2.

After taking her game to the next level towards the end of 2017 as she won 11 consecutive matches to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles at the Premier 5 level Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open and the Premier Mandatory China Open in Beijing, Garcia hasn’t been able to consistently reproduce that form over the last 18 months or so, falling from No. 4 in the world to a year-end mark of No. 19 at the end of 2018, and although she was quite consistent as she won a title in Tianjin, made the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Madrid, the quarter-finals in Rome, Montreal, Doha, Mallorca and New Haven and the fourth round of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the big wins dried up as Garcia only beat three players inside the top 10, while her overall level certainly didn’t match her spectacular finish to 2017.

Garcia has since dropped to No. 24 after compiling an underwhelming 10-11 record on tour prior to Strasbourg. Indeed, Garcia lost in the opening round in three out of her first four tournaments to start the season, while she hadn’t even made a quarter-final before this week. The Frenchwoman didn’t beat a player in the top 200 until February, with her best result before Strasbourg being a R16 finish in Miami, where she beat Victoria Azarenka and Julia Goerges before going down to Petra Kvitova.

In between, Garcia has played well in Fed Cup, helping France into a final showdown with Australian in November, but she just hasn’t been able to get going on tour, losing in the opening round of Stuttgart and Rome, with her best result on clay coming in Madrid where she advanced to the third round and once again lost to Kvitova. It’s been a bit of a battle this week in Strasbourg, but Garcia is rising to the challenge - and she is the heavy favourite to return to the final on Friday.

Chloe Paquet (PA Images)
Before this week, Chloe Paquet had only won one match at tour-level and wasn’t really heading anywhere in her career, with her career-high ranking of No. 194 coming back in 2017, while the 24-year-old arrived in Strasbourg as the last direct acceptance into the main draw at No. 224. However, Paquet is putting together the best week of her career out of nowhere, reaching her first WTA semi-final in impressive fashion, not dropping a set in victories over Sofia Kenin, Xinyun Han and Daria Gavrilova.


Paquet has been plugging away on the second-tier ITF Tour for her entire career as she tries to make that next step to the WTA Tour, but she hasn’t been able to rise through the ranks as of yet. The 24-year-old’s best season came in 2017 when she made her Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros as a wildcard, beating then No. 44 Kristyna Pliskova in the opening round to earn her one and only tour-level win to date, before going down to - ironically - Garcia in the second round. Paquet also qualified for the WTA main draw in Acapulco and finished runner-up at the $25k ITF event in Santa Margherita Di Pula to hit a career-high ranking of No. 194, and while she hasn’t been able to better that ranking since, that will all change in the new WTA rankings on Monday when she rises to at least No. 166 courtesy of her run in Strasbourg.

As mentioned, Garcia won their only previous clash at the 2017 French Open in straight sets, and while Paquet is playing the best tennis of her career this week, it’s unlikely she will be able to reverse that result. It will be a difficult occasion for Garcia - playing at home against a lower-ranked compatriot is never easy with all the pressure, but she’s displayed great fighting qualities this week in coming back from a set down twice, and if she doesn’t panic, she should be returning to the Strasbourg final.


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Garcia vs Paquet WTA Strasbourg live streaming, preview and tips - Former champion Garcia looking to return to Strasbourg final

Caroline Garcia continues her bid for a second Internationaux de Strasbourg title on Friday when she meets No. 222-ranked countrywoman Chloe Paquet in the semi-finals.

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