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Garcia vs Ruse WTA Nottingham live streaming, preview and tips - Garcia aims to subdue qualifier in rainy Nottingham to reach semi-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 14 Jun 2019
  • Caroline Garcia vs Elena-Gabriela Ruse is live from Nottingham around 2.00pm local time on Friday
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Caroline Garcia (PA Images)

Caroline Garcia continues her bid for a first title of 2019 when she takes on Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the Nature Valley Open quarter-finals in Nottingham on Friday.

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Top seed Caroline Garcia is trying to win the second grass-court title of her career this week in Nottingham - but so far, all of her wins have come on hardcourt as she prepares to face qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Indeed, persistent rain in Nottingham has forced organisers to move their matches indoors this week, and with rain forecast at various times until next Monday, it’s not inconceivable that the entire tournament will end up being a hardcourt event, which would be mildly amusing but certainly not the ideal preparation for players aiming to build some grass-court match practice ahead of Wimbledon. For the moment, Garcia isn’t worried - she’s breezed into the quarter-finals without dropping a set on indoor hardcourts, crushing Naiktha Bains 6-1 6-2 and Maia Lumsden 6-3 6-1 - although it must be said, she’ hasn’t exactly faced world beaters in her Nottingham debut so far.

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. 28 after compiling an underwhelming 15-13 record on tour prior to Nottingham. 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 finishing runner-up in Strasbourg just before the French Open, where she suffered a disappointing second round loss to Anna Blinkova. Unfortunately, Garcia has slipped back to being an inconsistent performer on tour and isn’t really a factor at the big tournaments any more. Can she pick up some confidence in Nottingham by winning the title?


Her next opponent comes in the form of qualifier and World No. 211 Elena-Gabriela Ruse. The 21-year-old, who made the semi-finals of junior Wimbledon in 2014, is one player certainly not complaining about the rain in Nottingham - she’s flourishing on the indoor hardcourts, qualifying for the main draw with victories over Jana Cepelova and Chloe Paquet before taking out Evgeniya Rodina and Viktorija Golubic to reach her first ever WTA quarter-final.

Despite saying her favourite surface is hardcourts and her impressive semi-final run at junior Wimbledon, most of Gabriela-Ruse’s success at professional level has come on clay, with the Romanian winning all six of her ITF titles on clay, although she did finish runner-up on the hardcourts of Yokohama earlier this season, a $25k ITF event. Gabriela-Ruse also managed to gain entry into the WTA event in Monterrey, where she gave a solid account of herself in a 4-6 6-7(4) opening round loss to eventual champion and former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza.

It’s turning into a breakout week for the 21-year-old in Nottingham, but can she go further and reach a first WTA semi-final? With Garcia really struggling for form this season, it’s not out of the question by any means, but the Frenchwoman has been winning convincingly this week against players ranked outside the top 100, and if she remains at that level, she should be able to emerge victorious in this one and make the final four.


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Garcia vs Ruse WTA Nottingham live streaming, preview and tips - Garcia aims to subdue qualifier in rainy Nottingham to reach semi-finals

Caroline Garcia continues her bid for a first title of 2019 when she takes on Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the Nature Valley Open quarter-finals in Nottingham on Friday.

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