At the end of the 2021 season, Caroline Garcia had fallen to No. 74 in the world.
In 2022, though, she completed a remarkable turnaround to end the season in triumph, with a WTA Finals victory and the No. 4 spot in the WTA singles rankings.
The 29-year-old from France capped her rise Monday with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win against Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus at the WTA Finals in For Worth, Texas. She took home a $1.57 million prize along with the trophy.
“Definitely a lot of giant happiness,” she said of her emotions. She donned a cowboy hat after the title-clinching match, getting into the spirit of the Texas setting.
CHAMPIONNNNNN 🤩🙌🏻🦁🐝🏆🎾 @WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/gcchYYadF6— Caroline Garcia (@CaroGarcia) November 8, 2022
CHAMPIONNNNNN 🤩🙌🏻🦁🐝🏆🎾 @WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/gcchYYadF6
Garcia last played in the WTA Finals in 2017, and her success in that breakout season helped catapult her to a career high of No. 4 in the singles rankings in 2018. But she struggled with her game over the next several seasons. She finished 2021 with her lowest season-ending ranking since 2013.
With her win Monday, she has matched that career high in the rankings, and she’ll hold onto that spot as she heads into the offseason.
To reach the final, she bested Coco Gauff, Daria Kasatkina and Maria Sakkari in the knockout rounds before she went up against Sabalenka.
Flying high ✈️@CaroGarcia completes her dream week with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Sabalenka.#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/pMTRtG6b8G— wta (@WTA) November 8, 2022
Flying high ✈️@CaroGarcia completes her dream week with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Sabalenka.#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/pMTRtG6b8G