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 .
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.
France at the
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 final,
France's first final since 2005.
* 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.
Elena Vesnina . She then beat qualifier
Yuliya Beygelzimer , before
losing to eventual champion,
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.
Zheng Jie in the first round, before losing again to
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 of Great Britain. Her
first round win meant that Garcia reached the world's top 70 for the
2014: FIRST CAREER WTA SINGLES TITLE
At the 2014 Sony Open
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
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 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 in
three sets in the third round. She eventually lost to third seed
Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals in three sets. Garcia lost
in the first round of the 2014
French Open to
Ana Ivanovic .
Garcia made the third round of the Wimbledon , eventually losing to
Ekaterina Makarova . She lost early at the US Open to American Nicole
Gibbs . Garcia rebounded at the
2014 Wuhan Open , defeating Venus
Agnieszka Radwańska back to back, with a 7–6 score in
the final-set tiebreak. She also defeated American
CoCo Vandeweghe in
straight sets to reach the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by
Petra Kvitová . Despite the loss, Garcia moved up
to a career high of No. 36 in the rankings.
Garcia began her season at the
Brisbane International where she lost
in the first round to No.3 seed
Angelique Kerber . She then played at
Australian Open where she beat No.27 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova
Stefanie Vögele before losing to
Eugenie Bouchard in the third
round. Ater her campaign, Garcia joined France's
Fed Cup team for
their tie against Italy. Despite losing to Sara Errani, Garcia managed
to grab a win as she beat
Camila Giorgi in three sets as her country
advanced to the semifinals.
At the Dubai
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 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 en route.
After receiving a first round-bye at Indian Wells , Garcia beat
Polona Hercog before grabbing her second straight win over
Ivanovic in three sets. She then lost to eventual semifinalist Sabine
2016: SECOND/THIRD CAREER WTA SINGLES TITLE; FIRST GRAND SLAM WOMEN\'S
France at the 2016
Hopman Cup alongside Kenny de
Schepper . She was undefeated in her singles matches, beating Heather
Sabine Lisicki , and eventual champion
Daria Gavrilova .
Garcia and de Schepper were beaten in all of their mixed doubles
matches. At the
Sydney International , Garcia defeated fellow French
Kristina Mladenovic , but lost in three sets to eventual semifinalist
Simona Halep . She then fell short in the first round of the
Australian Open, losing to
Barbora Strýcová in straight sets.
Fed Cup , however, Garcia rebounded and helped
France in their
tie against Italy, earning singles wins over
Sara Errani and Camila
Giorgi . In her next tournament, the Dubai
Tennis Championships , she
lost her singles semifinal match, defeating Anna Karolína
Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro and
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 . Garcia then lost in her opening match in Indian Wells
Christina McHale . Her next tournament was the Miami Open, where
she beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and
Andrea Petkovic before losing in
three sets to eventual finalist
Svetlana Kuznetsova .
She then played in Charleston , losing her 1st rd match to
Irina-Camelia Begu . However, Garcia won the doubles title alongside
Kristina Mladenovic .
France in the
Fed Cup semifinal, Garcia lost her first
Kiki Bertens in staight sets, but managed to beat
Arantxa Rus .
France eventually won the tie after the doubles match,
in which Garcia once again played with Mladenovic. Her next tournament
was the Porsche
Tennis Grand Prix , where, despite another 1st rd
defeat in the singles to
Monica Niculescu , she won another title in
doubles with Mladenovic after beating No. 1 seeds
Martina Hingis and
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 singles title by defeating
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in straight sets in the final, becoming only
the third Frenchwoman to win the
Internationaux de Strasbourg singles
title since it became a WTA Tour event in 1987.
French Open , Garcia won the women\'s doubles event partnering
Kristina Mladenovic, beating
Ekaterina Makarova and
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
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 in straight sets in the
final of the inaugural
Mallorca Open . She had defeated a pair of
former Wimbledon singles semifinalists in
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 as the
French singles No.1.
Garcia participated in both the women's singles and women's doubles
2016 Summer Olympics
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 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 and
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 . 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
Peng Shuai . Next, at the
China Open , Garcia reached the third
round of the singles draw, before falling to
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
Chan Yung-jan in the semifinals. This was Garcia and
Mladenovic's eighth final together. They would end up losing to
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and
Lucie Safarova , the US Open champions.
Garcia ended her run in Asia at the Hong Kong
Tennis Open , where she
was seeded no. 5 in singles. She passed the first round before losing
to her doubles rival,
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 .
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 World Group Semifinals stage. At the
Finals, Garcia and Mladenovic started strong, defeating Julia Görges
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
Venus Williams withdrew. She played in the Azalea
Johanna Konta and
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 final in November against the Czech
Republic. She defeated two-time Wimbledon champion
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
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
Fed Cup , explaining that she wanted to focus on her singles
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 , and defeated her in straight sets. In the second
round, she faced countrywoman
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 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 , setting up an
Mandy Minella in the second round, which she lost in
straight sets. At the Qatar Open , Garcia won her first match against
Madison Brengle before falling comprehensibly to the
world no. 3,
Karolína Plíšková . At the Dubai
, Garcia was seeded no. 15. She defeated
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 .
Wanting to focus on her singles success, Garcia ended her partnership
with Kristina Mladenovic. However, she still played doubles at the
BNP Paribas Open , with Karolina Pliskova instead. In singles, Garcia
opened in the second round, as she was seeded no. 21. She defeated
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
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
Daria Gavrilova , having beaten Donna Vekic in the first
round. As the defending champion of the
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 , 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.
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.
She is sponsored by Nike for her clothing and by
Yonex for her
racquets. She uses the
Yonex VCORE SV 100 racquet.
GRAND SLAM FINALS
Doubles: 2 (1 Title, 1 Runner-up)
OPPONENTS IN FINAL
SCORE IN FINAL
Elena Vesnina 6–3, 2–6, 6–4
Lucie Šafářová 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
WTA PREMIER MANDATORY & PREMIER 5 FINALS
Singles: 1 (1 Pending)
Doubles: 4 (1 Title, 3 Runners-up)
Flavia Pennetta 4–6, 7–5,
Lucie Šafářová 1–6, 2–6
Sania Mirza 6–4, 6–4
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)
13 April 2014
Copa Colsanitas , Bogotá, Colombia
28 February 2015
Abierto Mexicano Telcel , Acapulco, Mexico
9 March 2015
Monterrey Open , Monterrey, Mexico
6–4, 2–6, 4–6
21 May 2016
Internationaux de Strasbourg , Strasbourg, France
19 June 2016
Mallorca Open , Mallorca, Spain
30 September 2017
Wuhan Open , Wuhan, China
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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