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Caroline Garcia eyes Grand Slam success after WTA Finals triumph
The French star ends the 2022 season with the biggest title of her career, and hopes to carry major momentum into the new year.
Published Nov 10, 2022
WATCH: Garcia chats with the press after winning the 2022 WTA Finals in Fort Worth.
Caroline Garcia has just had the best year of her career so far, and she's already looking to carry that momentum into next season.
The 29-year-old Frenchwoman is finishing at No. 4 in the rankings, having won four titles during the second half of the season. It started with a confidence-boosting win at Bad Homburg, followed by Garcia's first-ever win against a No. 1 player—Iga Swiatek—on the way to victory at Warsaw, and then three Top 10 wins at Cincinnati before a run to the semifinals of the US Open.
She capped it off by winning the WTA Finals, and is now aiming to find that form during the two-week Grand Slam events.
"It looks like the tournaments in a week suit me better than the Slams for now, so I need to make some adjustments. But it's a great experience and the week in Cincinnati really helped me get some confidence in my fitness, my level of tennis, my game style," [she told the WTA website]((https:/www.wtatennis.com/news/2900460/champions-corner-garcia-is-enjoying-the-moment-but-focused-on-the-future).
But Garcia also got as high as No. 4 in 2018, but then fell to No. 19 in 2019 and was down to No.75 before starting her turnaround this season. This time, she wants to stay consistent.
This year has been a really good experience in the day-to-day work. It was paying off from one day to another. I want to have this mentality again and again. I'm sure there are a lot of things I can still improve. Caroline Garcia
"It was a good lesson for me and I want to be able to manage that part better," she said. "I think I grew a lot in these five years.
"This year has been a really good experience in the day-to-day work. It was paying off from one day to another. I want to have this mentality again and again.
"I'm sure there are a lot of things I can still improve."
Among those are her return and movement around the net, she says. But first there could be more changes: her coach Bertrand Perret left just before the WTA Finals, citing an off-court conflict within the team. The pair started working together coming into this season, and until 2021 Garcia had only played with her father's guidance.
Either way, she plans to keep the attacking game that has given her success this season.
"I'm more mature than I used to be, to really embrace all the good parts of it and the bad parts of it," she said. "I just go for it. I really try to focus on what I can do and what I can control, and that's the best way I'm playing tennis."
Garcia had previously won seven WTA titles.