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.

AFP October 25, 2017 23:04:32 IST
WTA Finals: Caroline Garcia recovers from brink of elimination to beat Elina Svitolina in epic three-setter

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.

WTA Finals Caroline Garcia recovers from brink of elimination to beat Elina Svitolina in epic threesetter

Caroline Garcia celebrates during her group stage match against Elina Svitolina in WTA Finals. Reuters

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.

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