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The WTA Tour has been slightly ahead of the ATP Tour regarding the End of Year Masters. In fact, the WTA Finals have been wrapped up already, and one player has risen above the rest to take home the title. As you’ve no doubt gathered, this player is Caroline Garcia. This talented French woman has defied the odds to beat some huge names and claim her first End of Year Masters trophy. And having watched her play in Fort Worth over the last week or so, I wouldn’t be surprised if more of these titles are awaiting Garcia in the future.
In case you missed it, Garcia won four of her five matches at the WTA Finals. In fact, the only loss that she suffered came against the world number one, Iga Swiatek. This loss came in her second match of the group stages. And since it was a pretty heavy loss, Garcia fans would’ve had a few doubts as to whether she could make it out of the group following such a defeat (myself included).
But in true fighting spirit, Garcia came back to produce a huge win against Kasatkina in her third and final group match. This allowed her to qualify for the semi-finals in 2nd place, with Swiatek taking the top spot. After that, the tournament was nothing less than a dream for Garcia, as I’ve detailed below.
2022 WTA Finals Results – Garcia Takes the Glory
People tend to forget that Caroline Garcia has been at the top of the game in the past. In fact, before she surged to number 4 in the rankings in 2022, she had actually held such a ranking back in 2018. So being a formidable, top-five player isn’t something that Garcia is unfamiliar with. She also produced her best Grand Slam result ever at the 2022 US Open, making the semis before losing to Ons Jabeur.
Let’s not forget that Garcia also won the Cincinnati Masters event too, so she has truly enjoyed a fantastic 2022 season. And yesterday, Garcia topped her season off in the best possible fashion. Here’s what you may have missed:
Semi-finals Win Against Sakkari
Sakkari was one of the favourites to win the WTA Finals before a single ball was struck in Fort Worth. She backed this up by winning Group B without dropping a set too, which set up a clash with Garcia. However, it was Garcia that stepped up to the plate and smoked her Greek opponent in the semis. She took the win 6-3, 6-2 in just 1 hour and 15 minutes. Talk about efficiency!
Finals Win Against Sabalenka
Sabalenka beat both Pegula and Jabeur in Group B to make it to the semi-finals. This put her in a contest against Iga Swiatek – the main favourite to claim the WTA Finals. However, Sabalenka took her game to new levels to upset the world number one in three sets. Moving into the final, she would play Garcia, and it was the French woman who left with the trophy. Garcia won in straight sets, yet it was an incredibly tight contest.
The final score was 7-6, 6-4, and this ended a phenomenal 2022 season for Caroline Garcia – well done!