Caroline Garcia will play for the first time in her career in the final of the Lyon tournament, the event of which she is the ambassador, thanks to her easy victory on Saturday over Colombian Camila Osorio 6-2, 6-2.
The Lyonnaise will face Sunday in front of her audience, sold out, the American Alycia Parks (22 years old, 79th in the world) who beat the Belgian Maryna Zanevska (N.93) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).
“For me, it’s a dream to be in the final here and to be able to share this joy with the Lyon public. I hope to go until the end of the week”, reacted the world N.5, who will aim for the 12th title of his career and the first of the season.
“(Parks) is a player who uses her power a lot, on both sides, quite flat. She will give me winning shots, we will have to accept it and move on to the next shot, trying to make her +unpin+” , she predicted.
In the semi-final, Garcia, seeded N.1, was expeditious against the 73rd in the world, aged 21, beaten in 1 hour 11 minutes. She was able to rely on the quality of her commitment with 81.1% of points won on her first serve for 67.3% of successful first serves (7 aces).
“It was a great game against a confident young player since the start of the year. I was able to step up this week and put on a solid game today,” Garcia added after her toughest game. easy of the week.
In the final, she intends to make the most of the support of her supporters. “Before I was afraid to go and get them and get all their energy back and not be able to manage it. It comes more naturally now,” she said, enjoying “the atmosphere which is really rise over the week.
“In general, in tennis, we play all over the world and often very far away. As a result, no one comes to see you. Here the family, the friends are there, my grandmother has been coming every day since the beginning of the week It represents a lot, “concluded the French N.1.