Caroline Garcia, recent semi-finalist of the US Open, was eliminated on Wednesday September 21 as soon as she entered the Pan Pacific Open tournament in Tokyo, beaten in three sets by the Chinese Zhang Shuai 4-6, 7-6 (7 /5), 7-6 (7/5).
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|The French player Caroline Garcia during the 2e round of the WTA tournament in Tokyo on September 21.|
N-series headoh2 of this WTA 500 tournament, the Frenchwoman, 10e world, approached this meeting with full of confidence after his victory in August in Cincinnati (WTA 1000) then his semi-final at the US Open in September.
But, after winning the first set, she eventually lost to the 28e world player Zhang, despite 27 aces and a match point in the second set. Zhang sealed his victory in this encrypted meeting for the 2e round of the tournament by winning the tie-break of the third set by the same score as that of the second, 7-5.
Caroline Garcia currently points to the 5e place in the ATP Race rankings, which takes into account points over the course of the year and not compared to the previous year as the WTA rankings do.
She can therefore still hope to compete in the WTA Finals (End of Year Masters) which brings together the first eight players of the ATP Race and will take place in Fort Worth, Texas (United States), from October 31 to November 7.