Game Garcia passes Puig test

Caroline Garcia (Getty)
Caroline Garcia (Getty)

New York - Caroline Garcia didn't blink, holding serve in a marathon game lasting almost 20 minutes to key her 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Monica Puig at the US Open on Thursday.

"This game was crazy!" sixth seed Garcia said after surviving six break points in a game that went to deuce 11 times to give herself a 5-4 lead in the final set.

She knew it was crucial to hang on, defying not only Rio Olympics gold medalist Puig but also energy sapping heat and humidity to put herself in position to win.

"Even if it was difficult, I knew if I could get this one the next one could be difficult for her," said Garcia, who had lost three prior matches against the Puerto Rican.

So it proved, Puig bowing out meekly with a loss of serve.

Garcia, a five-time winner on the WTA tour whose best Grand Slam result was a quarter-final run at last year's French Open, next faces either French compatriot Kristina Mladenovic or Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the last 16.

US Open results on Thursday, the fourth day of the 2018 tournament at Flushing Meadows (x denotes seeded player):

Men

Second round

Marin Cilic (CRO x7) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-2, 6-0, 6-0

Alex De Minaur (AUS) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-4, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

David Goffin (BEL x10) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-2, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 6-2

Diego Schwartzman (ARG x13) bt Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2

Kei Nishikori (JPN x21) bt Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-2, 5-4 - retired

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 6-2, 6-0

Alexander Zverev (GER x4) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Novak Djokovic (SRB x6) bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2

Richard Gasquet (FRA x26) bt Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Lucas Pouille (FRA x17) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Joao Sousa (POR) bt Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x12) 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 2-0 - retired

John Millman (AUS) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x14) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Chung Hyeon (KOR x23) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 6-3

Nick Kyrgios (AUS x30) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-0

Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Women

Second round

Caroline Garcia (FRA x6) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x30) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Maria Sharapova (RUS x22) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM) 6-2, 7-5

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x10) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Madison Keys (USA x14) bt Bernarda Pera (USA) 6-4, 6-1

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-1, 6-3

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x29) bt Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4

Angelique Kerber (GER x4) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

Petra Kvitova (CZE x5) bt Wang Yafan (CHN) 7-5, 6-3

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x26) bt Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6-3, 7-6 (9/7)

Naomi Osaka (JPN x20) bt Julia Glushko (ISR) 6-2, 6-0

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS x11) 6-2, 7-6 (7/3)

Kiki Bertens (NED x13) bt Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-4, 6-3

Katerina Siniakova (CZE) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4)

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x2) 6-4, 6-2

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