With eye on Top 10, Caroline Garcia will skip Fed Cup play in 2017

by: Kamakshi Tandon | December 01, 2016

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Caroline Garcia went 5-1 in Fed Cup singles this season. (AP)

Fed Cup heroine Caroline Garcia is taking a break from team competition to concentrate on singles play.

The 23-year-old went 5-1 in Fed Cup singles this season, and also formed a winning combination in doubles with Kristina Mladenovic. In the final against the Czech Republic, she delighted the local fans with wins over higher-ranked opponents Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova in singles. But she and Mladenovic lost to Pliskova and Barbora Strycova in the deciding doubles rubber.

"I won't play Fed Cup next year," she told French newspaper L'Equipe. "I want to put my concentration on WTA events and the Grand Slams, my individual career … My goal, it's to be Top 10.''

Garcia had what she described as "the best season" of her career, winning two singles titles to reach No. 24 in the rankings. She also reached No. 2 in the world in doubles. She said that she would keep playing doubles, but indicated that she would play less tournaments.

The French Fed Cup team will also be without Amelie Mauresmo, who is pregnant with her second child.

Mladenovic and Alize Cornet are the next highest-ranked singles players on the French team.

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