Caroline Garcia completed the first-ever Wuhan-Beijing sweep on Sunday, defeating rising world No. 1 Simona Halep to win the China Open and crack the Top 10 for the first time.
Here’s a little more on the fast-rising Frenchwoman:
The Caroline Garcia File
Residence: Saint-Germain-En-Laye, France
Current Rank: 9
Career-High Rank: 9 (October 2017)
Best US Open Finish: 3R (2016-17)
- In the course of two weeks, Garcia defeated some of the very best players in women’s tennis, posting victories over two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kviota, No. 4 Elina Svitolina and No. 1 Simona Halep at the Premier Mandatory event in Beijing, and former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber and current No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova at the Premier 5 event in Wuhan.
- Behind those two victories, Garcia boosted her ranking from No. 20 to No. 9. She is No. 8 in the 2017 points race, which, if the season ended today, would qualify her for the WTA Finals.
- The two titles in China are the first on hard courts for Garcia. She has now captured crowns on all three surfaces, having previously won Bogota on clay in 2014 and Strasbourg on clay and Mallorca on grass in 2016.
- Garcia is also an accomplished doubles player. She climbed to No. 2 in the world doubles rankings a year ago, when she won the French Open and reached the US Open women’s doubles final in 2016 with countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic. This year, she and Mladenovic advanced to the Australian Open semifinals before parting as a tandem.
- Garcia was a junior star. She advanced to the semifinals or better at all four junior Grand Slams in 2011, including the US Open girls’ singles final, where she fell to Grace Min.
They Said It!
“To win a title, it always means something because you finish the week undefeated. You stay forever a winner of this tournament. So it definitely means something. To be in the Top 10 also means something because it's a step in your career that you want to achieve. You never know if you're going to reach it, but it's a very important goal.” – Caroline Garcia, after upsetting Simona Halep to wrap up her second title in two weeks