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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday February 3, 2023

Caroline Garcia

Caroline Garcia set a semifinal clash with Camila Osorio, while Alycia Parks and Mayna Zanevska advanced in the lower half in Lyon.

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France’s Caroline Garcia reached the semifinals in her hometown Lyon for the second consecutive season on Friday at the Open 6eme Sens Métropole de Lyon.

Tennis Express

The 29-year-old World No.5 improved to 4-0 lifetime against Italy’s Jasmine Paolini, notching a 7-5, 7-5 victory to set a clash with Colombia’s Camila Osorio.

Garcia improves to 9-2 on the season – she reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open before falling to Magda Linette.

Garcia reaches her 26th tour-level semifinal with the win.

It’s a special tournament for Garcia, who moved to the suburbs of Lyon in her infancy, after being born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, which is just west of Paris and five-hour drive northwest from Lyon.

The first set went with serve until the final game. Garcia had a set point with Paolini serving at 4-5 but the Italian held her ground and wiggled out of the four-deuce game.

Garcia then broke in the 12th game of the set to take the opener.

Paolini moved ahead with a break at love for 4-3 in the second set but was broken right back for 4-4. She then faced a match point serving at 4-5, 30-40 but again found her way out of trouble.

Garcia saved two break points to hold for 6-5 then locked up the victory with a break in the final game.

Garcia saved two of three break points and won 34 of 45 first-serve points in the contest.

Her opponent on Saturday, Colombia’s Camila Osorio, edged past 18-year-old Czech qualifier Linda Noskova, 6-4, 7-6(3) to reach her seventh career semi-final.

Earlier on Friday, Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska defeated fifth-seeded Anastasia Potapova, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, while American Alycia Parks battled past seventh-seeded Danka Kovinic, 7-5, 6-2.


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