Tennis: Caroline Garcia makes history by becoming the second French woman to win the WTA Masters

“Fly with Karo”: the invitation to travel is already some time ago and despite a long air gap, Caroline Garcia finally reconnected with the heights she achieved in 2017 and won her best title at the Masters at the age of 29, a prize for the total family investment .

End in apotheosis: Caroline Garcia ended 2022, the year of her spectacular rebirth, with a fourth title, a career-best, at the WTA Masters in Forth Worth on Monday, becoming only the second Frenchwoman to do so after Amélie Mauresmo. .

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In the final, the 29-year-old Lyoness defeated Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (N.7) 7:6 (7/4), 6:4 and will finish the season at the 4th place in the world ranking. A ranking he reached in 2018 before four difficult years saw him drop to 74th at the end of last year amid a crisis of confidence, tennis in distress and recurring physical ailments.

Arriving in relative obscurity to Texas ten days ago, following the unexpected departure of coach Bertrand Perret, Caro found the mental reserves — both physical and leggy — late in the year to win his 11th career title. , further confirming his return to the top of world tennis.

“I had to accept the situation and focus on the present moment. But I knew my game was there,” she said after her semi-final victory over Greece’s Maria Sakkari, who was determined to keep only the best of this productive partnership. With Perret. He succeeded brilliantly.

Imperial service

Perret, who succeeded his father Louis-Paul, who worked in this position for ten years, as his coach eleven months ago, pushed him to play further, to attack, and tried to strengthen “Caro” in his identity as an attacking game. to take position inside the court while the ball is returning earlier and fearlessly attack the net. Many key factors in her second-half success since 2016 when she won the Roland Garros double with Kristina Mladenovic.

Titles in Bad Homburg, Warsaw and Cincinnati followed in a brilliant summer that ended with a semi-final at the US Open. Facing Sabalenka, who is hoping to win an 11th title at the age of 24, Garcia was disarmingly solid, especially on serve, and did not break away in the slightest after a big performance at the expense of world No.1 Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals. the ability to break the opponent.

Each rally rarely saw more than a four-inning battle, with both players facing off with authority. The decision was made during the deciding game: if the Frenchwoman continued to excel on her serve with 10 aces (68% of the first shots were won), Sabalenka ended up committing two double faults, including one that offered her own serve. competitor.

After that, the Belarusian went to the locker room for a few minutes. This did not prevent her from breaking at the beginning of the second period (2-0), the Frenchwoman’s first opportunity. This will be the only time of the game.

in weightlessness

As Sabalenka became more and more frustrated – with a dropped missile paying the price several times – Garcia remained desperate in her commitment – she missed her shots. He was able to hit a nice ace, the only one of the set, to take a 5-3 lead. His 11 evening total is 394 this year, which would be his most on the circuit this season. Garcia, who was two points behind in the group stage, was not going to make it this time in the match where she finally won against Russian Daria Kasatkina (N.8).

At the last change, he relaxed, talking to himself, closing his eyes and taking a deep breath. On the second match point, when he was good, he fell on his face in joy before going to kiss his family. Almost weightless.

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The third Tricolor to reach this stage of the prestigious event, she can boast, above all, joining Amelie Mauresmo, who won at the expense of Mary Pearce seventeen years ago, on another 100% list of Tricolor final winners. Three months later, with his euphoria still undiminished, he offered himself the Australian Open. And what if ‘Caro’ had followed suit to bring France its first Major title since Marion Bartoli at Wimbledon in 2013?

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