CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Top-seeded Caroline Garcia lost 12 of the last 17 games to fall to French countrywoman Alize Cornet at the Volvo Car Open on Thursday night.
Triumph, tears at Volvo Car Open as Daria Kasatkina cruises, Naomi Osaka loses Daria Kasatkina reacts after scoring a point against Irina-Camelia Begu Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island. Kasatkina won 6-2 and 6-1. Andrew Whitaker/Staff
Naomi Osaka hits her feet with her racket after Julia Goerges makes a point Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island. Goerges won 7-6(4) and 6-3. Andrew Whitaker/Staff
The pair of rising stars on the WTA Tour, both 20 years old, shared a private jet to Miami last month after Osaka beat Kasatkina in the finals at Indian Wells.
But on Thursday, they found themselves in much different places after the third round of the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island.
Kasatkina, the defending VCO champ, cruised into the quarterfinals with a straight set victory, as did top American seed Madison Keys.
Top-seeded Garcia falls to Cornet at Volvo Car Open Garcia, ranked seventh in the world, had strong opening match at the WTA’s first clay-court tournament of the season on Tuesday and expected to keep that going against Cornet, who entered the week ranked 37th. But Cornet broke serve twice each in the second and third sets to beat Garcia for the second straight time with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory and move into the tournament quarterfinals.
Garcia had won the first three times the French players had met, including in a round of 16 match at Roland Garros last year.
Kasatkina, the third seed, moved through with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Romania’s Irina-Camilia Begu, the 13th seed. Goerges topped 10th-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan 7-6 (4), 6-3. Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up last September, beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-3.
Kastakina said she felt more relaxed on the green clay at the Family Circle Tennis Center than she did in opening play on Tuesday.
”Nobody told me it’s so difficult to come and defend a title. So I have to get used to it,” said Kasatkina, ranked 12th in the world.
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