Caroline Garcia wins biggest title of her career at WTA Finals
In November of 2012, Caroline Garcia first hit the tennis court in a Wimbledon men’s final against Andy Murray. Having come from a modest background with a tennis background, it was the first time the 23-year old could claim she had a shot at a major title.
With her opponent playing himself, Garcia came into the final ranked No. 31 in the rankings and needed to win her first grand slam to have a chance of beating. Garcia would go on to win 1st round, then 2nd round, then 3rd round. While everyone expected Garcia to win the title, she defeated Monica Seles, the No. 1 ranked women’s player in the world, in the final and became the youngest player to claim a major title.
Since 2012, Garcia has had her own rise to the top, winning at the following tournaments (all at the women’s level): Wimbledon, Australian Open, and French Open, becoming the first WTA player to ever win a match in the second week of a major.
Caroline Garcia is now the WTA’s top-ranked female player, with the No. 1 ranking. She is the first woman to hit as many as 18 ATP finals to date, which she accomplished in a two-year era.
Garcia was crowned Wimbledon’s highest scoring player, hitting the tournament’s highest total of 16 aces and a total of 22 double faults. She became the first woman to claim three singles titles at a single Grand Slam tournament.
It looks like the 23-year-old is taking nothing but the winnings in her own hands as she prepares to defend her title at the US Open against her long-time rival, Maria Sharapova.
Garcia made a comment after her victory that if Sharapova can reach the same level of ability as her on the women’s tour, then the WTA no longer has