Caroline Garcia acknowledged that playing solo with Iga Swiatek is one of the biggest challenges a WTA player can face in this era of tennis. Swiatek, 21, has won 64 matches this year, eight titles including two Grand Slams.
Swiatek has lost only eight games this year and Garcia has been one of the players who has managed to surprise the Pole. In the Warsaw quarterfinals, Garcia defeated Swiatek in three sets to win the title. Garcia and Swiatek are now set to meet again, having been drawn in the same group at the WTA Finals.
«WTA Finals is a challenge, but she is a challenge on her own. She lost very few matches. I beat her in Poland, but in very different conditions, on clay. She was playing in Poland, and it was probably her first time.» weather.
It sure is a completely different game. It’s the group stage too. I will try to play my game, be aggressive. That’s the way I play, and that’s probably the best chance I have to beat her.»
Garcia on her return to the WTA Finals
Garcia, 29, made her WTA Finals debut in 2017.
Back then, Garcia reached the semi-final in his first appearance at the prestigious season-ending tournament. After several seasons where Garcia struggled with her game, she returned to her best tennis in 2022. As a result, she is playing in the WTA Finals again.
“I would have preferred to return a little earlier, but I am already happy to return and be able to live this experience again. It is a gift after a very hard and very good season, and I am very proud of the work.
Yes, Singapore was a long time ago. I qualified at the last minute and very unexpected. I’m not going to say that this was the expected one. It’s more or less the same situation,» Garcia said.