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Garcia vs Yastremska tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Ukrainian teenager Yastremksa to upset former Strasbourg champion Garcia?

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 25 May 2019
  • Caroline Garcia faces Dayana Yastremska in the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg
  • Garcia vs Yastremska is live from Strasbourg on Saturday at 2.30pm local/1.30pm BST
Caroline Garcia (PA Sport)

Caroline Garcia will have her work cut out for her as she bids to recapture her Internationaux de Strasbourg title, with Dayana Yastremska – who has lost just 20 games so far in Strasbourg – on the other side of the net in Saturday’s final.

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Caroline Garcia is out to boost her confidence ahead of the French Open by capturing a second title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg – can Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska stop her?

Ranked as high as world no. 4 in September 2018, Garcia’s six WTA Tour titles include a Premier-5 title in Wuhan and a Premier Mandatory-level title at the China Open in Beijing – trophies she won back-to-back, an unprecedented achievement, during her banner year of 2017 which also saw her make her first and so far only Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open.

Caroline Garcia (PA Sport)
Garcia’s 2018 season was extremely forgettable in comparison, although she did pick up her sixth WTA Tour title at the International-level tournament in Tianjin and make the semifinals of Madrid among other results, and 2019 appears to be turning into an even more underwhelming year for the talented Frenchwoman. Now 25, Garcia was 10-11 coming into Strasbourg. She made the third round of the Australian Open by beating players ranked outside the top 200, then fell to Danielle Collins. When she has performed well, it’s only been in patches; she beat Victoria Azarenka and Julia Goerges in Miami, but lost to Petra Kvitova in straight sets; in Fed Cup she’s been brilliant, going 3-1 and pushing Simona Halep to three sets in the one match that she lost, but has lost, extraordinarily, three times to Jennifer Brady.

On clay, Garcia won back-to-back matches in Madrid to make the round of 16 before losing to Kvitova and lost her opening matches in Stuttgart and Rome to Anett Kontaveit and Kristina Mladenovic respectively – none of those bad losses, but not confidence-building ahead of Roland Garros, where she has generally under-performed, with the exception of her 2017 quarterfinal run.

Garcia needed wins in Strasbourg, in other words, and fortunately she’s got them, although it’s been touch and go at times. The fourth seed was taken to three sets by Shelby Rogers in the opening round, and then again by Marta Kostyuk in the quarterfinals, a match which saw the world no. 24 crying with frustration at times; and although she beat Chloe Paquet in straight sets in the semifinals on Friday, 6-3, 6-4, it’s no more than one would expect against a player ranked outside the top 200.

Garcia has landed in the packed top quarter of the French Open draw, alongside Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty, Madison Keys and others, and opens against the always-dangerous Mona Barthel, so she needs whatever boost she can get from Strasbourg before heading into Paris.

Champion in 2016 when she beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the final, Garcia has an excellent record in Strasbourg and a 6-2 record in WTA Tour finals, but in Dayana Yastremska she’s up against a woman who’s never lost a WTA final.

Dayana Yastremska (PA Sport)
The 19-year-old from Ukraine was still ranked outside the top 100 when she won her first WTA Tour title in Hong Kong last autumn, beating Zhang Shuai and Wang Qiang (who was in the midst of an insanely good run of form) on the way and wrapping up her season by reaching the semifinals in Luxembourg. Yastremska reached the third round of the Australian Open in January and ended up the wrong side of a heavy defeat to Serena Williams, consoled by the American – but no doubt more consoled by immediately going and claiming her second WTA Tour title in Hua Hin, beating Ajla Tomljanovic in the final.

Yastremska came into Strasbourg on a four-match losing streak and admitted herself that her expectations were not high after having failed to win a match in Madrid, where she was ill, and Rome: ‘I didn't really expect to be in the final, because I had a tough period before. I was doing the work, I was trusting in myself, took a little bit of confidence, and I'm ready to compete tomorrow.

‘Match by match, I was following my plan...it's the small details, and then you put it all together.’

But Yastremska’s form in Strasbourg has really been astonishing. She hasn’t dropped a set in wins over Pauline Parmentier, Samantha Stosur, Fiona Ferro and finally Aryna Sabalenka, beating the Belarusian world no. 11 with an absolutely dazzling performance on Friday for a 6-4, 6-4 win.

If Garcia didn’t already know to beware Yastremska, she should after hearing a report on the Ukrainian’s win over Sabalenka. The 19-year-old has only dropped 20 games in Strasbourg in total and she was ferocious and brilliant, having little trouble in shredding Sabalenka’s serve with powerful returning and keeping her own game under a good level of control. 

This will be the first meeting between Garcia and Yastremska, and despite Garcia’s higher ranking, greater career accomplishments and superior experience, I’m expecting the Ukrainian to win it. If she returns anywhere near as well as she did against Sabalenka, Garcia’s brittle serve won’t be able to stand up to the pressure and Yastremska’s impactful game should see her capture her third WTA Tour title in as many finals.


Garcia vs Yastremska Internationaux de Strasbourg tennis is live from Strasbourg on Saturday at 2.30pm local/1.30pm BST


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