Caroline Garcia reveals key to victory over Cori Gauff at WTA Finals

World No 6 Caroline Garcia said staying on her game and remaining calm was the key to her victory over Cori Gauff in her WTA Finals opener. 

On Tuesday, Garcia defeated fourth-ranked Gauff 6-4 6-3 to kick off her WTA Finals campaign with a win. 

After losing her first two meetings versus Gauff, Garcia has beaten the American in the last two matches.

Garcia also defeated Gauff when they met in this year’s US Open quarterfinal.

“It was definitely a good match, pretty solid on my side. I think I stayed really positive at every moment. [Coco] is always impressive to play against, it’s always a lot of intensity and she can do so many things. It was very important for me to stay calm, stay on my game and what I wanted to do, and I think I did it good,” Garcia said, per the WTA website.

How Garcia defeated Gauff?

Garcia got off to a slow start to the match, having lost her service in the very first game of the match.

Down by an early break, Garcia clinched three consecutive break points in the second game as she managed to break back Gauff and tie the second set to one game apiece.

After two breaks in the first two games of the match, no break points were seen until the 10th game – when Garcia broke Gauff in the game in which the American was serving to stay in the first set.

After winning the first set, Garcia claimed the first break of the second set in the fourth game to open a 3-1 lead.

Down by a set and a break, Gauff refused to quit as she got the break back in the fifth game to cut the deficit to 3-2. 

However, blowing an early second-set break didn’t impact Garcia, who broke Gauff again in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead.

Garcia then held on to her serve the rest of the set to complete a two-set win.

Garcia plays Iga Swiatek next.