Caroline Garcia, 28, has admitted the journey to rediscovering her attacking game has not been easy, but she is happy to be playing freely again and getting good results. Last week, Garcia made tennis history by becoming the first qualifier to win a WTA 1000 title.
In the Cincinnati final, Garcia defeated Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-4 for her third title of the year. En route to winning Cincinnati, Garcia also beat Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula. “Well, that’s definitely the one I do best.
The defense works a day here and there, but not so much,” Garcia told a WTA insider. “You know, I think when I came to the Tour I was definitely playing like that. That’s how it worked for me. That’s how I learned to play tennis.
It was working.”
Garcia on rediscovering his attacking game
Two months ago in Bad Homburg, Garcia won his first title since 2019.
Now Garcia has three titles in 2022. Garcia, who was once the No. 4 player in the world, has moved back to No. 17 in the world. “So obviously playing that style of play doesn’t always work out,” Garcia added.
“You have to really believe in it. Otherwise, mistakes happen pretty quickly. And it can still sometimes, you know, anytime. You have to go for it 100%. Sometimes I doubted it, because it didn’t have not always worked, and you try to forget what people say, but it always comes back to your ears one way or another, and sometimes from well-known people, things like that.
So it still affects you. Then I doubted. Then I did it half and half, and it didn’t work anymore. You try to make fewer unforced errors, you come back, but then you make fewer winners because you are less inside the court.
So it’s not a direct path. It’s not like you know what you have to do. You know, time goes by and you realize it doesn’t work the other way around, and you try to change, you try to have people around you who believe in that style of play that made you go even further than you have done in the past. And I liked it a lot.”