Caroline Garcia, 28, admitted she felt the pressure to start getting good results shortly after her 2011 match against Maria Sharapova. In 2011, the 17-year-old Garcia received a wild card into the French Open main draw. After beating Zuzana Ondraskova in the first round, Garcia faced former five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova.
Garcia got off to an amazing start against Sharapova as she led 6-3 4-1 before the Russian came back to win 3-6 6-4 6-0. Garcia drew attention to herself with that performance as three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray tipped her to become the highest-ranked player going forward.
Garcia heard the whole conversation and it put pressure on her to go out there and start getting good results when her game wasn’t really ready for it.
Garcia on the pressure she faced after the Sharapova match
«Yes, it was definitely a challenge.
When it was 2011 after the Sharapova match, there was a lot of pressure coming from nowhere. I was 150, 200 in the world, 17 years old. My game was not ready. I couldn’t play that consistently, this kind of level. The following weeks I tried to play at the same level again, but it was not possible,» Garcia said.
«It was difficult because people expected a lot. But the game, I wasn’t ready for any of that. It took me a while to get step by step to the top. The end of 2017, 2018 was a great year, a lot of success. Yes, I made a mistake .
We made some mistake. I really hope and think we learn from it.» Garcia, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2018, is now apparently playing the tennis of a lifetime. On Tuesday, Garcia defeated Cori Gauff to reach her first Grand Slam Semifinal at the US Open.
After struggling with his game for a couple of years, Garcia rediscovered his game this summer as he is now two wins away from winning his fourth title this summer. Garcia plays Ons Jabeur in the US Open semifinal.