Caroline Garcia wins biggest title of her career at WTA Finals Final
Caroline Garcia has been crowned WTA World No. 1, the biggest milestone in her young career
WTA Finals Final: Caroline Garcia
Serena Williams is the only other player from the United States in the Top 5
Caroline Garcia has finally become world No. 1, the biggest title in her young career and the latest reason for the WTA Finals to take place in New York.
Aged 22, the former fifth seed had been ranked outside the top 20 for more than two years, never making it out of the final eight of any Grand Slam tournament.
But this was one of the most dominant events of Garcia’s short career, when she finally captured the last of her 28 singles titles and the WTA Finals title she had been chasing so long.
“It’s an amazing honour to be No. 1 in the world,” added Garcia, who had been the most high-profile American player of recent years. “I’m so proud of this. It’s a dream come true.”
World No. 1: Caroline Garcia
It is only the fourth time that a woman has held the top spot in the WTA rankings, after Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters. The first was in 2009, and the last in 1991, when the top spot was held by Helen Wills-Crowther and No. 2 by Margaret Court.
There are only four other players from the United States in the top five: Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Roberta Vinci and Victoria Azarenka.
All but Stephens will be in New York, playing in matches that will last five days on the WTA calendar.
Caroline Garcia will not be among them. She will not play in the semifinals as she has already done in Melbourne and Rotterdam, and she did not win her semifinal against Katerina Siniakova.
She was forced to withdraw from the second round of the WTA Finals in 2015 after she was badly injured. She underwent surgery for a