Tennis world stunned by never-before-seen feat: 'Hard to believe'

Caroline Garcia (pictured right) holds the Cincinnati Masters trophy and (pictured left) Petra Kvitova seeing the trainer.
Caroline Garcia (pictured right) became the first qualifier to win a WTA 1000 event after defeating Petra Kvitova (pictured left) in the Cincinnati Masters final. (Getty Images)

The tennis world has reacted with shock after qualifier Caroline Garcia defeated Petra Kvitova in the Cincinnati Masters final in a history making moment.

Garcia's 6-2, 6-4 win meant she became the first qualifier in history to win a WTA 1000 event having beaten three top-10 world-ranked opponents, Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula.

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The 28-year-old French star - who was formerly a World No.5 - is leading the tour with aces and once again put in a masterclass of serving having blasted 11 past Kvitova in the final.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, couldn't convert on any of her eight break points against Garcia in the penultimate match.

"It's hard to believe I am standing here today, it has been such a week," Garcia told the crowd.

"I saw something today that it was your (Kvitova's) 40th career final and I was like OK, imagine that."

Under threatening skies, Garcia started with a break, helped by a pair of double faults by Kvitova, who again struggled with her serve.

In her semi-final she served three double faults in the opening game to gift Madison Keys an early break before fighting back to win in three sets.

Caroline Garcia (pictured left) embraces her team after winning the Cincinnati Masters final.
Caroline Garcia (pictured left) celebrates her victory over Petra Kvitova at the Cincinnati Masters final. (Photo by Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

But there would be no escape against Garcia, who piled on the pressure with a second break to sweep the opening four games.

Garcia carried on in the second set as she again broke Kvitova at the first opportunity and held for a quick 2-0 lead when Kvitova called for a medical time-out.

Kvitova returned to the court with no noticeable strapping but Garcia was not be distracted, holding serve the rest of the way to clinch her 10th career title.

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The tennis world was quick to react to Garcia's unprecedented record after winning the Cincinnati Masters.

Garcia's victory means she will move up in the rankings and be seeded for the US Open.

The Frenchwoman hasn't won a title since winning both Wuhan and Beijing titles back in 2017.

with AAP

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