The Frenchwoman kept the momentum going in second, starting with a break and keeping the lead after trading breaks with Cibulkova later on. Cibulkova finally earned the break back right as Garcia was serving for the match, reeling off three games in a row and taking them to a tiebreak.
Cibulkova looked untouchable as she zoomed ahead to a 4-0 lead. Garcia grabbed three points in a row to rally back but couldn’t stem the tide as Cibulkova edged through to take the second set. But despite Cibulkova’s mammoth effort in the second set, it was one-way traffic for Garcia in the third. Cibulkova just couldn’t keep up her level against Garcia’s renewed aggression, and her unforced error count grew. Garcia allowed her opponent just four points in the final set – which she sealed with an ace to finish the match in exactly two hours.
Garcia’s relentless offense was the key to her victory, and it was led by her strong serve. The Frenchwoman struck 12 aces and 45 winners, staying in the positive compared to her 28 winners. As a result, she converted seven of the eleven break chances she created. Meanwhile, Cibulkova struck 17 winners and 25 unforced errors.