Garcia's win at the WTA Finals marks her first title since Serena Williams in 2014. The 30-year-old became the oldest player to win a WTA Finals match since Serena Williams in 2014. Garcia's win came after a tough first set against the world number one seed, Sabalenka. She had been hoping to become the first Belarusian to win a WTA Finals.
Garcia had previously reached the U.S. Open semifinals by winning 13 consecutive matches. She had never lost a match to the No. 1 seed in her career. Her win over Kasatkina made her a career-high No. 4 at Wimbledon. In the semis, Garcia won a match against No. 5 Maria Sakkari.
After losing the first set to Sabalenka, Garcia broke to open the second set and came through the tense deuce game to complete the win. Sabalenka fired 11 aces during the match and never faced a break point. Garcia, however, was extremely happy with the victory and congratulated her opponent afterward.
Garcia began the year by reaching the quarterfinals of a Premier event, the US Open. She beat Angelique Kerber in the first round, and a walkover against Maria Kirilenko in the second round. In the doubles tournament, she teamed with Kristina Mladenovic. They reached the final, where they were beaten by third seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Lucie Safarova. The pair also qualified for the WTA Finals as the second doubles team.
Garcia was dominant on her serve, and she never looked like she would surrender. Sabalenka defended Garcia's first serve in the tie-break and hit four aces in the first set, and Garcia then broke her opponent to open the second. Garcia was on match point at 5-4 in the second set, and saved the first match point, but Sabalenka saved the next match point with a backhand. Garcia converted on the next match point and the win was hers.
Victory was an incredible win for Garcia, as she fought so hard to reach the WTA Finals. Her win is a huge relief for her French fans, and a boost to her confidence. She's now one of the best players in the world. If she wins the WTA Finals, she'll have earned another Grand Slam title.
It's not often a player wins her fourth WTA Finals title. After winning three WTA 1000 titles this year, Garcia's title is her most significant title in nine years. The last time a woman won the WTA Finals, it was Marion Bartoli in 2013.
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