WTA Finals: Caroline Garcia recovers from brink of elimination to beat Elina Svitolina in epic three-setter
Down 5-3 and on the brink of elimination, Garcia dug deep and reeled off four straight games to prevail 6-7 (9/7), 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 44 minutes.
Singapore: World No 8 Caroline Garcia kept her WTA Finals campaign alive with an epic three-set victory over Elina Svitolina in Singapore on Wednesday.
Down 5-3 and on the brink of elimination, Garcia dug deep and reeled off four straight games to prevail 6-7 (9/7), 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 44 minutes. It was the pair's second consecutive marathon following Svitolina's victory earlier this month in Beijing.
Garcia turned the tide through her high-voltage groundstrokes, enjoying a sizeable 58-33 advantage in winners. It means Garcia, Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza will battle for the final semi-final position from the Red Group with Caroline Wozniacki having booked a berth.
France's Garcia looked set to be eliminated after being broken in the eighth game of the final set but the Ukrainian was unable to serve it out. Garcia broke again and ran out with the contest.
The 24-year-old had earlier lost two first set points to squander a tense tie break but rebounded during a dominant second set to reignite her confidence.
The 25-year-old Italian has yet to drop a set on his debut at Queen's and although Australian number one De Minaur gave him a good workout he had too much power for his opponent.
The 30-year-old Canadian missed the French Open this year and had not played since the Masters 1000 in Miami in March
The 25-year-old Berrettini became the first newcomer to triumph at Queen’s since Boris Becker in 1985. Becker went on to win Wimbledon in the same year.