Sports Desk, Nov 7 (EFE).- France’s Caroline Garcia emerged as the new champion of the WTA Finals on Monday defeating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in straight sets (7-6, 6-4) in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.
This was the first time that neither finalist in the season-ending tournament had ever played a Grand Slam final.
The first set saw some intense competition for 56 minutes with both players evenly matched until a 6-6 scoreline forced a tie-break, in which Garcia managed to overcame her inspired opponent to move ahead.
In the second set, the French player moved ahead by breaking her opponent’s serve, taking advantage of the only slip-up from Sabalenka so far followed by a double fault.
The Belarusian fought back to make it 5-4, but another crucial double fault closed the set 6-4, thus sealing her fate as the runner-up.
The match also witnessed a battle of serves, with Sabalenka’s power pitted against Garcia’s precision.
A total 15 aces were served throughout the game, with the Frenchwoman downing 11 of them.
The win in this tournament propels Garcia up to fourth position in the global ranking, while Sabalenka is placed fifth.
“A crazy final, a lot of intensity on every point. Just really proud of the work we did through all the year. It was a great match – really went for it. I’m really happy to win my biggest title,” Garcia said in her post-match press conference.
This is a historic moment for French tennis as one of its players lifted the WTA trophy for the first time since Amelie Mauresmo in 2005. EFE