The first time’s the charm for Caroline Garcia…
Competing in her first-ever WTA title match, the 20-year-old half-Spanish tennis player from France defeated defending champion and former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets at the Copa Claro Colsanitas in Colombia on Sunday.
With her 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Jankovic, Garcia has captured the first WTA title of her professional career.
It was the first win against a Top 10 player for Garcia, who turned pro in 2011.
Jankovic broke in the first game of the match, but the Garcia, ranked No. 5 in the tournament, took over from there, breaking right back. After that, she never fell behind again, taking six of the next eight games to take the first set.
Then, Garcia broke early in the second set en route to a 3-1 lead. Jankovic caught up to 3-all but Garcia broke again and eventually served out the match, firing back-to-back aces to bring up match point before hitting a phenomenal forehand winner for the victory.
Going into the match, Garcia was 0-6 lifetime against Top 10 players.
But Garcia’s winning ways didn’t end there…
Before winning her first WTA singles title, Garcia partnered with Lara Arruabarrena to claim the doubles title.
Garcia became the first player in nearly two years to pull off a singles-doubles sweep at a WTA-level event with Serena Williams being the last one at the Olympics.