[1/4] Nov 5, 2022; Forth Worth, TX, USA; Caroline Garcia (FRA) celebrates winning her lucifer against Daria Kasatkina connected time six of the WTA Finals astatine Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5 (Reuters) - France's Caroline Garcia survived an epic conflict with Daria Kasatkina 4-6 6-1 7-6(5), sending implicit 42 winners to assertion the last spot successful the semis of the WTA Finals connected Saturday and acceptable up a showdown with Greek Maria Sakkari.
The Cincinnati victor had played immoderate of the champion tennis of her vocation this summer, reaching the U.S. Open semi-final, and showed her warring tone was intact successful Fort Worth, Texas, arsenic she outlasted Kasatkina successful a 32-point rally for lucifer point.
"Every lucifer we accidental you person to springiness it each and nary regrets, spell for it, and it’s ever true, but successful this tourney adjacent more," Garcia said successful a televised interrogation aft the match.
"I truly tried to springiness everything I had."
The typically steely nerved Garcia mislaid her chill successful the archetypal acceptable arsenic Kasatkina broke her to emotion successful the ninth game, flinging a banana against her seat successful utter frustration.
She regained her composure successful the 2nd set, bulldozing done the Roland Garros semi-finalist with her trademark assertive style.
But the brace produced the astir thrilling tennis of the season-ending tourney successful the 80-minute third-set duel, trading breaks doubly earlier Kasatkina fended disconnected six interruption points successful the ninth game.
Garcia dropped to her knees successful utter exhaustion aft clinching the matter astatine the nett aft 2-1/2 hours, stepping gingerly to the umpire for a handshake earlier lasting hunched implicit with her hands braced connected her knees.
Featuring successful the finals for the archetypal clip since 2017, she'll anticipation to beryllium afloat recovered for Sakkari, whom she bushed successful the 4th circular astatine Cincinnati.
The satellite fig 5 looks pugnacious arsenic ever, aft flattening each 3 of her circular robin opponents.
"The past lucifer successful Cincinnati was a precise choky one," said Garcia. "She’s playing immoderate large tennis ... it volition beryllium a precise antithetic crippled arsenic today."
Reporting by Amy Tennery successful New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis
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