Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia has triumphed at the WTA Finals for the first time, achieving the most tremendous success of her tennis career.
The 29-year-old Caroline Garcia defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in the final in Fort Worth in the US state of Texas on Monday evening (local time).
Garcia is the second Frenchwoman after Amelie Mauresmo (2005) to win the tournament of the best eight tennis players of the season. Garcia is also the oldest winner since Serena Williams won in 2014 at the age of 33.
She expressed her emotion after her success and dedicated the triumph to all the people she had met in the past. “I’ve met a lot of people along the way. Some are here – some who met me as a 12-year-old girl and helped me become a better person and a better player,” Garcia explained. “Today was an unbelievable final, so much intensity on every single point.”
Garcia collected the equivalent of 1.57 million euros in prize money and will finish the season ranked number four worldwide. The French sports newspaper “L’Equipe” headlined after the match in its online edition on Tuesday morning: “The coronation”.
Sabalenka had surprisingly won against Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals the day before. The Pole had not lost to an opponent from the top 10 world ranking list for 15 matches in a row.