Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia has won the final at the WTA Finals for the first time in her career.
The 29-year-old tennis player defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in Fort Worth in the US state of Texas. Garcia is the second Frenchwoman after Amélie Mauresmo to win the tournament of the best eight tennis players in a 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. She will finish the season ranked number four in the world. The French sports newspaper “L “Equipe” headlined after the match in its online edition on Tuesday morning: “The crowning glory”.
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 of the world rankings for 15 matches in a row.