Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

France’s Caroline Garcia bagged her second straight win over Maria Sharapova this year. She won 12 of the final 15 games of the match. Garcia delivered a 6-3 6-2 victory to advance to her seventh quarter-final of the season.

An out of sorts Sharapova committed 3 double faults in the final game to relinquish the match point. On the other hand, Garcia struck 15 winners to the Russian’s 17 and committed just 10 unforced errors.

In the span of 2 matches, Sharapova dropped a total of five games in Montreal. The Russian was bidding for her 97th victory over Top 10 opponents but it wasn’t to be. She also lost out on a chance to extend her 36-9 mark over French players.

But Garcia grabbed a break before forcing Sharapova to dig deep to score a massive hold at 2-2 after 11 minutes. She then reeled off the next four games in a row, breaking twice more to put away the match in an hour and 30 minutes.

Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

Meanwhile, in the men’s draw, “I’m a bit confused right now. I don’t know if it’s real.” Those words were uttered by a stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek teenager recovered from a 6-3, 5-2 deficit to down Germany’s Alexander Zverev, 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-4 at the Rogers Cup.

“If you would tell me that I would be making a semifinal of a Masters 1000 [this year] I would tell you you’re crazy,” Tsitsipas said. “Dreams do come true at the end with hard work and dedication.”

The 19-year-old Greek avenged his earlier loss to the defending champion in the Washington semifinals, 6-2, 6-4. For a while there, he looked like he would win the same number of games on Friday.

Now, Garcia will be facing World number 1, Simona Halep in the semifinals. At the same time, Tsitsipas will go up against Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson. The winner of that matchup will have to square off against either Robin Haase, Karen Khachanov, Marin Cilic or Rafael Nadal.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

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