Caroline Garcia, qualifier extraordinaire, makes W&S Open, WTA history

MASON, Ohio ‒ Two pauses in play totaling five hours of weather delays couldn't stop France's Caroline Garcia from making history on Saturday night at the Western & Southern Open.

Caroline Garcia, of France, reacts after a winning point against Aryna Sabalenka, of Belarus, during a semifinal match of the Western & Southern open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Garcia has put together a magical run through qualifying and Saturday's 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win put Garcia through to Sunday's final against Petra Kvitova, making Garcia the first qualifier to ever reach the W&S Open final and the first qualifier to ever reach the final in a WTA 1000 event.

The match started at 1:26 p.m. and the first weather delay hit at 2:27 p.m. and lasted until 4:57 p.m. The second weather delay hit at 5:57 p.m. and last until 7:32 p.m.

During those breaks, Garcia said, "You wait doing nothing, because you don't know when it's going to come back. (They) don't always like give you like a time and everything. You try to eat a little something but not too much, not to be heavy if you have to come back sooner than expected."

Garcia got some rest, read a book and talked with her coach.

"That was pretty much that for I don't know how many hours," she said.

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