She has it, her home final! For the 4th edition of the Open 6e Sens Lyon – Metropole de Lyon, the final will oppose Caroline Garcia to the American Alycia Parks! The last Frenchwoman in the competition since the quarterfinals, the Lyonnaise in her backyard hopes to win “her” tournament in front of her family and friends. She held her ground this Saturday against Colombian Camila Osorio to reach her first final of 2023 (6-2, 6-2). The signals are green for Caro at home. In the first semifinal, the young Alycia Parks got the better of the surprise guest of the last four, Maryna Zanevska (6-3, 7-6).
“I’m very happy with the way I played tonight. I struggled at the beginning of the week but my game has improved throughout the tournament. For the final against Parks, I know I’m going to take some winners, she’s a very physical player. But I’m going to have to move on and focus on my game and try to hurt her. The crowd will probably push me, the atmosphere is up and I’m happy for the tournament to see a full house today.” The stadium will also be sold out on Sunday for the final.
“For sure, I’m not used to this kind of tournament. In tennis, you’re used to running all over the world but here it’s completely different. I sleep at my parents’ house, I don’t have the same routine as in my other tournaments and it’s obviously very different. My relatives are there behind me, my grandparents have been coming every day since the beginning of the tournament and I’m really enjoying playing here.” The Frenchwoman, very relaxed after her victory, delivered a little anecdote about her daily life at her parents’ house: “For example, yesterday morning (Friday), I had nothing to do before my match so I made a cake. And in the evening, after my match, I ate the same cake at my parents’ house, with a herbal tea.” On Sunday, the world’s fifth-ranked player will challenge Alycia Parks, ranked 79th in the world. A great match between two hard-hitters, the Lyon public was not asking for so much…
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