Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Caroline Garcia
|Date & Time||Saturday September 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Caroline Garcia and Carla Suarez Navarro meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Caroline Garcia is coming off a three sets win over Monica Puig that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Garcia won 70 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Garcia won 63 percent of her total service points and saved eight of her 10 break points. Garcia can clean up the unforced errors, but she does a fine job of rising to the occasion and playing some of her best tennis when needed most. Garcia has the mental toughness to push her through matches even when she’s not playing her absolute best. Garcia hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth time in her last seven tries. Garcia has never made the fourth round of the US Open. Garcia has won six of her last nine matches on hard court.
Carla Suarez Navarro is coming off a three sets win over Kristina Mladenovic that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Navarro won 78 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Navarro won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 10 break points. Navarro can’t be pleased she blew the second set and had to play a third, but her match still finished under two hours. Navarro has turned her season around on hard court and has to like her chances if she continues to get 60-plus percent of her first serves in play. Navarro hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the eighth time in her last 12 tries. A victory here would put Navarro in the fourth round of the US Open for the third straight year. Navarro has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Garcia has won both meetings. The most recent match was in this years Madrid Masters, a match Garcia won in straight sets.
Navarro has been solid on hard court this year and has the net skills to frustrate Garcia. However, Garcia has yet to play her best tennis and is still beating decent competition. There’s another level Garcia can reach, while Navarro is what she is and allows her opponents to hang around. Not to mention Garcia beat Navarro earlier this year rather easily.
I like Garcia to prevail.