The 2022 US Open is promising to be the most open in recent memory. No clear favorites for the last major of the year despite it looking like an Iga Swiatek year as early as May. This year’s summer hard court tournaments in Toronto and Cinci showed that any player can step up under right conditions and motivation. Caroline Garcia and Petra Kvitova didn’t exactly come from nowhere though. Caroline, hailing from France ,is having a good 2022 with wins in Germany on grass and Poland on Clay. Kvitova of the Czech Republic needs no intro , winning Wimbledon twice and showed remarkable grit to reach the final against formidable opponents such as Jabeur and home favorite Madison Keys. Quick off the blocks was Garcia. She settled well with nice shot selection picking off short groundstrokes from Petra. It wasn’t all Garcia though. Petra caused problems for Caroline when she was 1-0 up on the Frenchwoman’s serve. Check out 40-30 game point. The lefty’s forehand is probably the most difficult to return for it gets the correct backspin on the ball according to research. Garcia passed the test and held serve in that game. Petra was struggling on serve and went double break down in losing the first set 6-2. She had her lowest Ace count of the tournament by making just two. Her serve is more effective going down the line on the ad court which she didn’t do enough in my opinion.

Second set was much more competitive. Caroline’s serve was more often too hot to handle. The Frenchwoman has the fastest serve on Tour this year and made 11 Aces in this match. Without the serve she would still be good. Check out the groundstrokes at first game second set 15-0 Kvitova, pinning the Czech to the baseline. Kvitova got her net play right in this match as a shining light. Her height and focus at the net help a lot in this regard. Check out 15-15 in the same game as above. The early break, just as in set one, doing Kvitova in again. Never putting Caroline under pressure on her serve especially at deuce, Kvitova didn’t have much chance to get back into the set. Interesting service motion from Garcia. Check out 2-1 deuce advantage Garcia. She tosses the ball back from her head for the kicker but generates enough speed at the same time. A VERY RARE QUALITY TO HAVE. A disappointing match for Kvitova who had zero break points won from eight. So she didn’t lack of opportunities. Garcia winning her first WTA 1000 title at the ripe age of 28.