Svitolina vs Garcia French Open tennis preview, head-to-head and predictions

Caroline Garcia is on a three-match winning streak against Elina Svitolina – will the third seed rise to the challenge and secure a place in the French Open quarterfinals?

Garcia vs Svitolina is live from Roland Garros on Sunday 4 October, 3pm local/2pm BST

Third seed Elina Svitolina is out to make the quarterfinals of the French Open for the third time, and with no seeded players among her potential opponents if she does, there is a big opportunity on the line – but there is also a big test waiting in the form of Caroline Garcia.

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Powerful Garcia has upset Anett Kontaveit and Elise Mertens to reach the fourth round, and has won her last three matches against Svitolina – is another upset on the cards?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Svitolina vs Garcia: Head-to-head

Caroline Garcia has a 3-1 record against Elina Svitolina, and has won their last three matches, including the only clay-court match they have played at Stuttgart in 2018.

All three of Garcia’s wins have come in three sets – six of the nine sets in those matches have gone past 5-5.

Svitolina vs Garcia: Preview

Third seed Svitolina has been largely under the radar at the French Open until now, but her match against Garcia is sure to be on Court Philippe-Chatrier and to attract the small but enthusiastic crowd in Paris this year – a crowd whose support certainly helped power Garcia to a comeback win over Elise Mertens in the last round.

While Garcia was getting roared on against Mertens, Svitolina was quietly winning a tight match 6-4, 7-5 against Ekaterina Alexandrova, breaking at the end of each set in a real test of nerve to beat the Russian who is more dangerous on hard courts but so much improved over the past 18 months or so.

The Ukrainian hasn’t really looked convincing so far at the French Open, but has survived with the loss of just one set (to Mexico’s Renata Zarazua in the second round). Here is the test against Garcia: Can she raise her game when needed? It’s something she was unable to do in the third round of the French Open for the past two years, but which she proved she could do when she made her first Grand Slam semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019, imposing herself like a top player to stop the runs of in-form opponents.

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This is the third time in four years that Garcia, who made her first and so far only Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open in 2017, has made the fourth round at Roland Garros, but the first time she’s done it as an unseeded player. Clearly Garcia, who used to be excruciatingly uncomfortable on Philippe-Chatrier, is enjoying the reduced numbers of spectators – not to mention the conditions, which advantage players who can really power through the courts, as she is able to do with her big serve and forehand.

Garcia played well at the US Open to beat Karolina Pliskova, and seems to be one of the players who has really put her shutdown time to good use – and she’s on a three-match winning streak against Svitolina. They have never played on outdoor clay, nor should it be forgotten that two of those wins came during Garcia’s career-best season in 2017 – a level of play she’s not found consistently since. Still, Garcia’s playing well, Svitolina hasn’t so far seemed entirely convincing, if they play under the closed roof on Philippe-Chatrier the conditions will mimic that of Stuttgart – Garcia has a real chance of getting the win, or at least of playing a long, close match: Their last three clashes have lasted 29, 34 and 38 games respectively, with the winning margin 5, 4 and 2 games.

Svitolina vs Garcia: Prediction

Top seed Karolina Pliskova faces Caroline Garcia, who has won half of their previous matches, for a place in the third round of the US Open.

Pliskova vs Garcia is live from New York on Wednesday 2 September, time TBC

Karolina Pliskova’s first-round win over Anhelina Kalinina was her first victory since February, having lost her only warm-up match to Veronika Kudermetova, but after some early exchanges of breaks the 2016 US Open finalist was able to assert her authority.

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It will be a much tougher challenge as the top seed faces Caroline Garcia, a former top-10 player who has won three of the six matches they have played against each other, on Wednesday.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Pliskova vs Garcia: Head-to-head

Pliskova and Garcia have played six times, with the head-to-head standing at an even 3-3. It’s also an even 2-2 on hard courts.
Garcia won their last encounter, in the Tianjin Open final in 2018, 7-6(7), 6-3. But the Frenchwoman was ranked inside the top 20 at the time – she is currently world no. 50.

Pliskova vs Garcia: Preview

Bumped up to top seed at the US Open by the withdrawals of Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, who along with four other top-10 WTA players declined to travel to the USA for health reasons, Pliskova opened play on the fan-free Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday – a tough ask, especially given that she had lost her only pre-US Open match to Veronika Kudermetova at the Western & Southern Open.

The big-serving Czech trailed Anhelina Kalinina by an early break, then was pegged back from 4-1 to 4-4 as she got used to the conditions. But Pliskova took charge of the match after those early travails, winning the last eight games of the match to record a 6-4, 6-0 victory in 64 minutes, serving seven aces and dropping only five points behind her first serve. In the second set, she didn’t lose a single point behind her first serve and only missed her first delivery four times, remaining on course for a third-round clash with the in-form Lexington champion Jennifer Brady.

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Ukraine’s Kalinina is a talented player but found herself outgunned against Pliskova, and certainly had a significant disadvantage in experience. That won’t be the case against Garcia, who should represent an early test of the Czech’s mettle and potential champion credentials.

Caroline Garcia has a 3-3 record vs Karolina Pliskova (PA Images)

Garcia is currently ranked world no. 50, but was a top-10 player and even a top-5 player in 2018 after the talented Frenchwoman recorded a sensational 48-22 season in 2017, making the third round or better at each major and winning the Wuhan and Beijing titles back-to-back, something Garcia is still the only player to achieve.

Long considered a potential top player, Garcia recorded eight of the 16 wins she’s got against top-10 players in 2017-18, the last of them against Pliskova in the Tianjin Open final at the end of 2018. Since then, she’s lost every match she’s played against a top-10 player and has generally reverted to her pre-2017 form, going 27-27 in 2019 with her best result an International title on grass in Nottingham.

Garcia was 4-6 in the early part of 2020 before the shutdown, and got a good win over Sloane Stephens in ‘Cincinnati’ last week before losing to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka; she beat Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-2 to open her US Open campaign.

Garcia made the third round of the US Open three straight years from 2016-2018, but her record is obviously not as good as that of Pliskova, who has not lost before the fourth round since 2015.

Matches between these two have generally been serving duels, with three of the past six sets they have played going past 5-5. Garcia has lost the effectiveness on her serve that she had in 2017-18, but this match still requires a focused, disciplined and aggressive performance from Pliskova. After such a long lay-off, I would expect a few lapses from Pliskova on her way to the win.

Pliskova vs Garcia: Prediction