Surprise, Borna Coric wins the Cincinnati tournament

The 25-year-old 152nd player in the world, who also felled Rafael Nadal in Ohio this week, is making a startling return to prominence after shoulder surgery last year sent him down the ranks.

His last final on the circuit dates back to 2020, lost in Saint Petersburg, and his first two victories in tournaments, even further. He opened his counter in Marrakech in 2017 and added Halle to his list the following year.

The one whose best ranking was 12th place in 2018, had not then confirmed this new status.

Faced with Tsitsipas, all the more favorite in this final as he remained on a convincing victory in the semi-final at the expense of the world number 1, Coric sometimes played in a state of grace, with audacious blows that paid off, carried by a large trust.

After a difficult start, which saw the Greek escape 3-0, the Croatian quickly awoke to equalize at 4-4. He then proved intractable in the deciding game, being as aggressive as he was precise.

He won on a backhand that allowed him to lob his opponent, stepping back and blind.

Tsitsipas was taken aback by the success of his rival, but also frustrated that he could not steal the serve, despite three chances at the start of the second set.

On the contrary, it was Coric, still as sharp (37 winning shots against 22 in the end) who managed to break it to escape 4-2. Powerless, Tsitsipas surrendered by giving up his service again after two hours of play.

Coric, who won in Ohio the most prestigious of the three titles he now has on his list, will make a spectacular leap to 29th place in the world rankings. Enough to inherit seeded status at the US Open (August 29-September 11), with, who knows, an even crazier dream to accomplish.

Caroline Garcia defeats Petra Kvitova to claim the Western & Southern Open title

France’s Caroline Garcia continued her momentum by defeating Czech Petra Kvitova in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to win the Western & Southern Open.

Garcia, already the first qualifier to reach the tournament final, confirmed her victory when Kvitova’s second serve landed in the net.

The 28-year-old Frenchwoman started the day leading the WTA Tour with 26 wins since the start of July.

Kvitova, 28th in the world, and Garcia, 35th, both overcame a first-round loss in Toronto last week to make their first final appearance in Cincinnati.

Garcia broke the Czech in the first game and she took a 4-0 lead. The French also obtained a break of service in the first part of the second set.

Kvitova, 32, left the field to treat an injury after trailing 2-0 in the second set. She played better after that, but she couldn’t overcome Garcia’s break.

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