Caroline Garcia vs Timea Babos - WTA Gippsland Trophy
Monday February 1st, 2021 / 7:30pm EST
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Twelfth seeded Caroline Garcia of France faces Hungarian Timea Babos in the Second Round of the 2021 Gippsland Trophy held in Melbourne, Australia. The match will be played on Monday February 1st, 2021 at approximately 7:30pm EST. This is the fourth meeting between the two players, with Garcia leading 2-1 in the head to head. Will she extend that streak or will the Hungarian veteran settle the score?
Caroline Garcia is currently ranked #44, a far cry from her career high of #4. An extremely talented player, she has struggled mightily with form and injuries over the past few years, but seems to have gotten over those. She got her campaign off to a good start here in Melbourne by defeating local player Arina Rodionova 6-3, 6-4 in the First Round. She hit winners at will (25 in total) and made only 17 unforced errors as she cruised to victory in just over an hour. She didn't have the greatest year in 2020, finishing with a 11-11 record but will be pleased that she came through the year injury free and will be confident in having a strong 2021 season.
Timea Babos is currently ranked #115, and like Garcia is a long way off her career high ranking of #25. She has found a lot of success on the doubles tour, having won both the Australian Open and French Open in 2020. She reached the Second Round by defeating Patricia Maria Tig in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. It was a good win for the Hungarian as she defeated an opponent ranked much higher than her. She had a terrible 2020 season, losing all of her main draw matches and will be looking to end that poor run of form here.
While Babos has beaten Garcia in the past, I do not see that happening here. Garcia is one of the most talented players in the world on a good day, and while she has not replicated the success she had early in her career in some time, she seems healthy and motivated to do well here. Babos has the quality to make it interesting, but expect the Frenchwoman to win here. Carolina Garcia to win.