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CAROLINE GARCIA (born 16 October 1993) is a French professional tennis player. She has won three singles and six doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as one singles and four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 31 July 2017, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 19, and on 24 October 2016 she peaked at world number 2 in the doubles rankings, tied with fellow Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
.

Garcia's breakthrough in doubles stemmed from her partnership with Mladenovic in 2016. The pair won four titles together, the greatest of which is the 2016 French Open doubles title. The Frenchwomen are the 2016 Doubles Team of the Year.

Playing for France
France
at the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
, Garcia has a win-loss record of 8–4 in singles and 5–1 in doubles. She was awarded a Heart Award for her sportsmanship, and led her country to the 2016 Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final, France's first final since 2005.

CONTENTS

* 1 Career

* 1.1 2011 * 1.2 2013 * 1.3 2014: First career WTA singles title * 1.4 2015 * 1.5 2016: Second/Third career WTA singles title; first Grand Slam women\'s doubles title * 1.6 2017: First Grand Slam singles quarterfinal

* 2 Playing style * 3 Endorsements

* 4 Significant finals

* 4.1 Grand Slam finals

* 4.1.1 Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

* 4.2 WTA Premier Mandatory "> Garcia, 2013

At the 2013 Australian Open , Garcia lost in the first round to no. 47 Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
. She then beat qualifier Yuliya Beygelzimer , before losing to eventual champion, Serena Williams
Serena Williams
, at the French Open . She qualified for Wimbledon . This marks the first Grand Slam for which she qualified; she received a wild card for the previous five. Caroline beat Zheng Jie
Zheng Jie
in the first round, before losing again to Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in the second round.

She was ranked high enough to gain direct entry to the main draw of the US Open, and beat American wild card Shelby Rogers in the first round, before losing to 30th seed Laura Robson
Laura Robson
of Great Britain. Her first round win meant that Garcia reached the world's top 70 for the first time.

2014: FIRST CAREER WTA SINGLES TITLE

At the 2014 Sony Open Tennis
Tennis
tournament, Garcia was the only player to win a set against Serena Williams, as Williams was on her way toward winning her seventh title and setting the record for the most number of titles held by a man or woman at the tournament. At the 2014 Copa Claro Colsanitas in Bogotá, Colombia, Garcia won her maiden WTA tour singles title, beating the defending champion and former world No. 1 Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
, winning in straight sets.

At the Mutua Madrid Open in May, Garcia reached the quarterfinals of any Premier event for the first time, defeating Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in the first round after the German retired with a lower back injury, receiving a walkover from Maria Kirilenko after the Russian withdrew with a wrist injury, and then defeating tenth seed Sara Errani
Sara Errani
in three sets in the third round. She eventually lost to third seed Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
in the quarterfinals in three sets. Garcia lost in the first round of the 2014 French Open to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
.

Garcia made the third round of the Wimbledon , eventually losing to Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
. She lost early at the US Open to American Nicole Gibbs . Garcia rebounded at the 2014 Wuhan Open , defeating Venus Williams and Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
back to back, with a 7–6 score in the final-set tiebreak. She also defeated American CoCo Vandeweghe
CoCo Vandeweghe
in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by eventual champion Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
. Despite the loss, Garcia moved up to a career high of No. 36 in the rankings.

2015

Garcia began her season at the Brisbane International
Brisbane International
where she lost in the first round to No.3 seed Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
. She then played at the 2015 Australian Open where she beat No.27 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and Stefanie Vögele before losing to Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
in the third round. Ater her campaign, Garcia joined France's Fed Cup
Fed Cup
team for their tie against Italy. Despite losing to Sara Errani, Garcia managed to grab a win as she beat Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi
in three sets as her country advanced to the semifinals.

At the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships , Garcia lost in the second round to Agnieszka Radwanska after beating qualifer Arina Rodionova in straight sets. She followed that with a run to the finals at the Mexican Open , receiving a walkover from Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
in the semis as the Russian withdrew due to illness. She then lost to Timea Bacsinszky . Garcia also reached the finals of the Monterrey Open where she also was a runner-up to Bacsinszky. She grabbed her first win over former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
en route.

After receiving a first round-bye at Indian Wells , Garcia beat qualifer Polona Hercog before grabbing her second straight win over Ivanovic in three sets. She then lost to eventual semifinalist Sabine Lisicki .

2016: SECOND/THIRD CAREER WTA SINGLES TITLE; FIRST GRAND SLAM WOMEN\'S DOUBLES TITLE

Garcia represented France
France
at the 2016 Hopman Cup
Hopman Cup
alongside Kenny de Schepper . She was undefeated in her singles matches, beating Heather Watson , Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki
, and eventual champion Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova
. Garcia and de Schepper were beaten in all of their mixed doubles matches. At the Sydney International
Sydney International
, Garcia defeated fellow French Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
, but lost in three sets to eventual semifinalist Simona Halep
Simona Halep
. She then fell short in the first round of the Australian Open, losing to Barbora Strýcová
Barbora Strýcová
in straight sets.

At the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
, however, Garcia rebounded and helped France
France
in their tie against Italy, earning singles wins over Sara Errani
Sara Errani
and Camila Giorgi . In her next tournament, the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships , she lost her singles semifinal match, defeating Anna Karolína Schmiedlová , Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro
and Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
en route. Two weeks later, she reached her second WTA Tour singles semifinals of the year at the tournament in Monterrey , losing her semifinal match to Heather Watson
Heather Watson
. Garcia then lost in her opening match in Indian Wells to Christina McHale . Her next tournament was the Miami Open, where she beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
before losing in three sets to eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
.

She then played in Charleston , losing her 1st rd match to Irina-Camelia Begu . However, Garcia won the doubles title alongside fellow frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
.

Playing for France
France
in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
semifinal, Garcia lost her first match against Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens
in staight sets, but managed to beat Arantxa Rus
Arantxa Rus
. France
France
eventually won the tie after the doubles match, in which Garcia once again played with Mladenovic. Her next tournament was the Porsche Tennis
Tennis
Grand Prix , where, despite another 1st rd defeat in the singles to Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu
, she won another title in doubles with Mladenovic after beating No. 1 seeds Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
and Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
in the final.

In May, Garcia won her first Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 doubles title at the Madrid Open , partnering Mladenovic. In the same month, Garcia won the Internationaux de Strasbourg
Internationaux de Strasbourg
singles title by defeating Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in straight sets in the final, becoming only the third Frenchwoman to win the Internationaux de Strasbourg
Internationaux de Strasbourg
singles title since it became a WTA Tour event in 1987.

At the French Open , Garcia won the women\'s doubles event partnering Kristina Mladenovic, beating Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
and Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
in the final. It was the first Grand Slam women's doubles crown for Garcia and Mladenovic and they became the first all-French pair to win the French Open women\'s doubles title since Gail Chanfreau and Françoise Dürr in 1971.

On 19 June, Garcia won her second WTA singles title of 2016 and her first on grass by beating Anastasija Sevastova
Anastasija Sevastova
in straight sets in the final of the inaugural Mallorca Open . She had defeated a pair of former Wimbledon singles semifinalists in Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
and Kirsten Flipkens to reach the final. On 20 June, she returned to the top 32 of the WTA singles rankings and replaced Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
as the French singles No.1.

Garcia participated in both the women's singles and women's doubles of the 2016 Summer Olympics . Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, seeded no.2, lost in the first round of the women\'s doubles .

At the 2016 US Open , Garcia was seeded no. 25 in singles. She reached the third round of the draw, defeating Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens
and Katerina Siniakova before falling to the no. 4 seed, Agnieszka Radwanska. As a result, Garcia reached a career-high ranking of 24. In the doubles event , Garcia yet again partnered with Kristina Mladenovic . The Frenchwomen were the number 1 seed of the event. Garcia and Mladenovic reached the final, where they were defeated by Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and Lucie Safarova
Lucie Safarova
. As a result of reaching the final, Garcia and Mladenovic qualified for the 2016 WTA Finals . They were the second doubles team to qualify.

Garcia kicked off the Asian swing at the Wuhan Open
Wuhan Open
. She was scheduled to play singles at the Guangzhou Open one week earlier, but withdrew before the tournament started. In Wuhan, Garcia played in both singles and doubles. In singles, she was defeated in the second round by no. 8 seed Madison Keys . In doubles, Garcia and Mladenovic, the No. 1 seeds, lost their opening second round to Christina McHale and Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
. Next, at the China
China
Open , Garcia reached the third round of the singles draw, before falling to Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova
. In doubles, she was once again seeded no. 1 with Mladenovic. The French team fought their way to the final, defeating no. 3 seeds Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan
Chan Yung-jan
in the semifinals. This was Garcia and Mladenovic's eighth final together. They would end up losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and Lucie Safarova
Lucie Safarova
, the US Open champions.

Garcia ended her run in Asia at the Hong Kong Tennis
Tennis
Open , where she was seeded no. 5 in singles. She passed the first round before losing to her doubles rival, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
, in the second round.

Garcia played singles at her last regular-season tournament of the year, the Luxembourg Open , where she was seeded 4th. She had a hard-fought match against Anett Kontaveit , and just barely won. She was then defeated by Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
.

Garcia and Mladenovic received the WTA Award for Best Doubles Team of the Year shortly before the start of the WTA Finals. Garcia also won the Heart Award for the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
World Group Semifinals stage. At the Finals, Garcia and Mladenovic started strong, defeating Julia Görges and Karolína Plíšková in the quarterfinals. However, in the semifinals, they were once again defeated by their rivals, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova. Garcia and Mladenovic missed the chance to become the WTA year-end doubles world no 1s.

Garcia made a last-minute appearance at the WTA Elite Trophy . She was originally one place short of qualifying, but was able to join the tournament when Venus Williams
Venus Williams
withdrew. She played in the Azalea Group against Johanna Konta and Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
. Garcia won her first match against Stosur, 6-4, 6-3. She then lost her second match against Konta, the top seed, and thus did not reach the semifinals. However, she walked away with a year-end ranking of 23, her best ranking yet.

Garcia played in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final in November against the Czech Republic. She defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova
, then upset US Open finalist and Czech no. 1 Karolína Plíšková . Unfortunately, Garcia and Mladenovic then lost their doubles rubber against Pliskova and Barbora Strycova , which meant that the Czech won the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final 3-2.

In December, Garcia and Mladenovic were named the doubles ITF World Champions of 2016.

2017: FIRST GRAND SLAM SINGLES QUARTERFINAL

During the off-season, Garcia announced that she would not play in the 2017 Fed Cup
Fed Cup
, explaining that she wanted to focus on her singles career.

Garcia's first tournament of the year is the Australian Open (which she entered as the 21st seed). In the first round of singles, she drew Kateryna Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko
, and defeated her in straight sets. In the second round, she faced countrywoman Océane Dodin
Océane Dodin
. Garcia lost the first set to Dodin, but rallied back to win the match. She then lost in the third round to Barbora Strycova. In doubles, Garcia reunites with Kristina Mladenovic, the French duo being the top seed of the tournament. The pair won their first three matches to advance to the quarterfinals, in which they defeated Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty
and Casey Dellacqua . Garcia and Mladenovic then lost in the semifinals to Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai.

Garcia moved on to the Taiwan Open , in which she was seeded No. 3. She won her opening match against Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic
, setting up an encounter with Mandy Minella
Mandy Minella
in the second round, which she lost in straight sets. At the Qatar Open , Garcia won her first match against the American Madison Brengle before falling comprehensibly to the world no. 3, Karolína Plíšková . At the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships , Garcia was seeded no. 15. She defeated Johanna Larsson
Johanna Larsson
in the first round, but lost to Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig in the second. Garcia's misfortune continued in Kuala Lumpur , where she lost in the first round to Anna Kalinskaya
Anna Kalinskaya
.

Wanting to focus on her singles success, Garcia ended her partnership with Kristina Mladenovic. However, she still played doubles at the BNP Paribas Open
BNP Paribas Open
, with Karolina Pliskova instead. In singles, Garcia opened in the second round, as she was seeded no. 21. She defeated lucky loser Evgeniya Rodina , and then upset world 11th seed Johanna Konta in the third round. She then lost to eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova . Prior to the Miami Open , Garcia lost her rank as the no. 1 Frenchwoman to her former doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic. In the tournament, Garcia was once again upset, this time by Peng Shuai in the second round. As the No.3 seed at the Monterrey Open , Garcia reached the semifinals where she lost to eventual champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Garcia began her clay season at the Mutua Madrid Open where she lost in the first round to qualifier Wang Qiang . She also had an early exit at her next event, falling in the second round of the Italian Open to Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova
, having beaten Donna Vekic in the first round. As the defending champion of the Internationaux de Strasbourg
Internationaux de Strasbourg
, Garcia lost in the semifinals to Gavrilova in a rematch of their Italian Open encounter.

At the 2017 French Open , Garcia beat Nao Hibino , Chloé Paquet and Hsieh Su-Wei en route to her first Grand Slam second week appearance where she faced Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
, beating her fellow countrywoman in straight sets to reach her first ever Grand Slam singles quarterfinal, where she lost to No.2 seed Karolína Plíšková . Despite her loss, Garcia reached a career-high ranking of World No.21.

PLAYING STYLE

Garcia is a offensive baseliner , with consistent and powerful groundstrokes, and a strong service game. Her forehand is her stronger wing, and she can hit many clean winners off it. She also possesses a consistent and strong two-handed backhand. She also has a strong first and second serve, known for its accuracy. She served the ninth most aces in 2016, with 218. Her doubles success means she also has a solid net game, although this isn't frequently seen in her singles game. She has good movement and footwork around the court, which help her with hitting her groundstrokes effectively.

ENDORSEMENTS

She is sponsored by Nike for her clothing and by Yonex for her racquets. She uses the Yonex VCORE SV 100 racquet.

SIGNIFICANT FINALS

GRAND SLAM FINALS

Doubles: 2 (1 Title, 1 Runner-up)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS IN FINAL SCORE IN FINAL

Winner 2016 French Open Clay Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
6–3, 2–6, 6–4

Runner-up 2016 US Open Hard Kristina Mladenovic Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
6–2, 6–7(5–7), 4–6

WTA PREMIER MANDATORY & PREMIER 5 FINALS

Singles: 1 (1 Pending)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENTS SCORE

Pending 2017 Wuhan Hard Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty

Doubles: 4 (1 Title, 3 Runners-up)

OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE

Runner-up 2014 Wuhan Hard Cara Black
Cara Black
Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta
4–6, 7–5,

Runner-up 2015 Toronto Hard Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
1–6, 2–6

Winner 2016 Madrid Clay Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
6–4, 6–4

Runner-Up 2016 Beijing Hard Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Lucie Safarova
Lucie Safarova
4-6, 4-6

WTA CAREER FINALS

WTA TOUR FINALS

Singles: 6 (3 Titles, 2 Runner-up)

WINNER — LEGEND

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)

WTA Tour Championships (0–0)

Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)

Premier (0–0)

International (3–2)

OUTCOME NO. DATE TOURNAMENT SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE

Winner 1. 13 April 2014 Copa Colsanitas
Copa Colsanitas
, Bogotá, Colombia Clay Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
6–3, 6–4

Runner-up 1. 28 February 2015 Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Abierto Mexicano Telcel
, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky
3–6, 0–6

Runner-up 2. 9 March 2015 Monterrey Open , Monterrey, Mexico Hard Timea Bacsinszky
Timea Bacsinszky
6–4, 2–6, 4–6

Winner 2. 21 May 2016 Internationaux de Strasbourg
Internationaux de Strasbourg
, Strasbourg, France Clay Mirjana Lučić-Baroni 6–4, 6–1

Winner 3. 19 June 2016 Mallorca Open , Mallorca, Spain Grass Anastasija Sevastova
Anastasija Sevastova
6–3, 6–4

Pending 4./3. 30 September 2017 Wuhan Open
Wuhan Open
, Wuhan, China Hard Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty

Doubles: 16 (6 Titles, 10 Runners-up, )

WINNER — LEGEND

Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)

WTA Tour Championships (0–0)

Premier Mandatory ">

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