Caroline Garcia booked a blockbuster fourth-round clash with No. 3 seed Coco Gauff at the Miami Open presented by Itau, after powering past Naomi Osaka 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a big-serving battle on Sunday afternoon.

Facing off on Grandstand in their third meeting of the year, Garcia blasted 12 aces to Osaka’s 16 and won a whopping 86 percent of her first-serve points to end the Japanese player’s run in an hour and 48 minutes.

“When you play Naomi, you know it’s going to be big aces coming from her side. I tried to match her power—I think I left my shoulder out there also!” Garcia joked in her on-court interview.

“It’s part of the fun, always trying to push your limits and going for a little bit more. But I like to ace the opponents, not so much the other way around!”

Osaka, a wild card in Miami, told press before the match that she thought coach Wim Fissette was pulling her leg when he told her that she was set to face Garcia again. But now the joke seems to be getting old, with Osaka falling 1-2 to Garcia in 2024. The French player knocked her out of the Australian Open in her second tournament back from maternity leave, before Osaka got her back in Doha on her way to her first quarterfinal of the year.

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In Miami, Garcia didn’t allow her opponent many opportunities to find her rhythm and get into the match. Garcia fired 33 winners past Osaka—who hit 26 in total—and offset those with 16 unforced errors. Although she received treatment on her shoulder multiple times in the second set, she was able to close out the match in straight sets to move into the fourth round—equalling her best result in Miami to date.

“Definitely it was a very good match from my side, and definitely I’m proud of the way I fought," Garcia said. "It’s always a challenge to play against Naomi, and she’s getting more and more confident as the weeks (go by). Plus she has a lot of experience from her ‘previous career,’ let’s say.

“I had a blast on court, but I really had a good time. This means a lot to me.”

Up next for No. 23 seed Garcia will be another big hitter and big server in Gauff, who eased past Oceane Dodin 6-4, 6-0 on Stadium Court earlier in the day. The pair are tied at two wins apiece in their overall head-to-head, but their most recent meeting came during the 2022 WTA Finals.