Curious Facts about Caroline Garcia’s Tennis Career
Caroline Garcia is a French tennis player, one of the best players in the world, currently being ranked #6 by WTA. Being good in both singles and doubles, she is the winner of 5 singles and 6 doubles WTA tour titles.
Career Beginnings and First Titles
Caroline Garcia was born on October 16, 1993, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. She started the professional career in 2011. Her first WTA competition was 2011 Australian Open, where she reached the second round. In 2013, Garcia took part in her first Wimbledon championships and lost in the second round.
2014 was a breakthrough year for the athlete. She gained her first WTA tour title at the Copa Claro Colsanitas, beating former world #1 and defending champion Jelena Jankovic in the final. Caroline reached her first quarterfinal at a Premier event at the Mutua Madrid Open. She also got to the third round at Wimbledon and quarterfinal at Wuhan Open.
In 2015, Caroline Garcia reached the finals at the Mexican Open and Monterrey Open, where she was defeated by Timea Bacsinszky. However, on her way to the final, she managed to gain her first victory over former world #1 Ana Ivanovic.
In 2016, Garcia won her first Premier mandatory/Premier 5 doubles title at the Madrid Open, playing together with Kristina Mladenovic. At the French Open, duo Garcia/Mladenovic won the women’s doubles title, the first Grand Slam title for the both players. They became the first all-French pair to win French Open women’s doubles title since 1971. Moreover, they won the Volvo Car Open, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as well as were finalists of US Open and China Open. The French even received the WTA Award for Best Doubles Team of the Year and were named ITF World Champions.
In singles, Caroline gained the Internationaux de Strasbourg title, becoming only the third Frenchwoman to win it since 1987, and Mallorca Open title. She got to the semifinal at the Dubai Tennis Championships and Monterrey Open.
In 2017, Caroline Garcia won her first Premier-5 singles title at the Wuhan Open and later her first Premier-Mandatory title at China Open, becoming the first WTA Player to win these two titles in the same year. She also reached semifinals at WTA Finals, Monterrey Open, Internationaux de Strasbourg, Mallorca Open and Swedish Open, quarterfinals at French Open, Rogers Cup and Pan Pacific Open.
Garcia also played for France at the Fed Cup. In 2016, she led the team to the Fed Cup final, France’s first final since 2005 and got a Heart Award for her sportsmanship.