Tennis: Caroline Garcia sees off Lucic-Baroni to win Strasbourg title

France's Caroline Garcia in action in Rome on May 10, 2016.
France's Caroline Garcia in action in Rome on May 10, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

STRASBOURG, France (AFP) - Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia claimed her second WTA title by beating veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets in the Strasbourg final on Saturday.

World number 55 Garcia had not even reached a quarter-final since February, but she saw off former Wimbledon semi-finalist Lucic-Baroni with relative ease after an opening set that saw five breaks of serve.

The home player lost just three points on her serve as she raced through the second set, beating her Croatian opponent 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and a quarter, ahead of the French Open which starts on Sunday.

Lucic-Baroni last reached the final in Strasbourg 19 years ago when she was defeated by Steffi Graf.