Caroline Garcia, recent semi-finalist of the US Open, was eliminated on Wednesday as soon as she entered the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open tournament, beaten in three sets by China’s Zhang Shuai 4-6, 7-6 (7/5 ), 7-6 (7/5).
Difficult return to earth for the French number one. After her incredible summer in the United States with her title at the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and her semi-final at the US Open, Caroline Garcia took the front door in Tokyo.
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Seeded N.2 of this WTA 500 tournament, the Frenchwoman, 10th in the world, nevertheless won the first set but she finally bowed to the 28th player in the world Zhang, despite 27 aces and a match point in the second set. .
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Zhang sealed his victory in this paying meeting for the second round of the tournament by winning the tie-break of the third set by the same score as that of the second, 7-5.
A hitch but the Masters still in sight
Caroline Garcia is currently in 5th place in the ATP Race ranking, which takes into account points over the course of the year and not compared to the previous year as the WTA ranking does.
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.