Caroline Garcia missed her semi-final at the Lyon event on Saturday in opposition to the Chinese Shuai Zhang, victorious in two units 6-2, 7-5 in 1h36.
It was the first semi-final disputed by the Lyonnaise (74th in the world) since that of Lausanne final July. The former world N.4 (in 2018) has not received a title since Notthigham in June 2019.
Last Frenchwoman in the operating, Garcia, 28, made too many errors to fret the Chinese (sixty fourth), who will face the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska or the Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the final. She may by no means change her recreation plan in this match which lasted 1 hour 36 minutes.
Zhang made the entry break to steer 2-0 in the first set earlier than breaking a second time (5-2) then successful 6-2 on a shutout.
In the second set, Zhang (33), former twenty third in the world in 2016, extra of a doubles specialist (12 titles together with the US Open), took over Garcia’s service in the fourth recreation to steer 3-1.
The Lyonnaise managed to return again a bit in the recreation to equalize at 3-3 then take the lead 4-3 after profiting from a slight weak point from her opponent who then took just one level in opposition to eight for Garcia.
But the latter then dedicated too many gross errors, being caught at 5-5 earlier than being damaged at 6-5 on a passing shot from the Chinese.