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Caroline Garcia captures Western & Southern Open title, tops Petra Kvitova and ‘it’s hard to believe’

Caroline Garcia captures Western & Southern Open title, tops Petra Kvitova and ‘it’s hard to believe’
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MASON, Ohio — Caroline Garcia generated momentum going into next week’s US Open, capturing the Western & Southern Open women’s championship with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova on Sunday.

Garcia, already the first qualifier to reach the tournament final, clinched the victory when Kvitova felt a second serve return into the net. Garcia dropped to her knees and lay on her back on the court after the final point.

« It’s hard to believe I’m standing here today, » Garcia said in her postmatch speech to the crowd. « It’s been such a week. »

The 28-year-old French woman went into Sunday’s match with a WTA Tour-leading 25 wins since June.

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The 28th-ranked Kvitova and 35th-ranked Garcia both shook off first-round losses the previous week in Toronto to make their first appearances in a Cincinnati final.

Garcia broke her Czech opponent in the first game, and raced to a 4-0 lead. Garcia also gained an early edge with a first game break in the second set.

« It’s been such a crazy road the last couple of weeks, but I’ve really enjoyed it, » Garcia said. « (Let’s) keep it going. »

Kvitova, 32, left the court for treatment of an injury after falling behind 2-0 in the second set. She looked sharper after returning but couldn’t overcome the early break.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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