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Caroline Garcia earns spot in WTA Finals title match

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Nov 6, 2022; Forth Worth, TX, USA; Caroline Garcia (FRA) returns a shot during her match against Maria Sakkari (GRE) on day seven of the WTA Finals at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia booked a spot in the championship match with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari on Sunday in the WTA Finals at Fort Worth, Texas.

The Frenchwoman had a 21-8 edge in winners during the semifinal match while continuing her strong recent play. She had a 6-0 advantage in aces and converted 4 of 5 break points.

Garcia will play either top-seeded Iga Swiatek of Poland or No. 7 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in Monday’s final. Those two women were slated to play in Sunday night’s other semifinal.

Garcia, 29, was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world in 2017 before her career took a downturn due to injuries. But she played her way into this season’s WTA Finals by winning three tournaments — including the 1000-level Western & Southern Open near Cincinnati — and a stirring run to the U.S. Open semifinals.

“You try to learn from everything,” Martinez said after Sunday’s win. “We got some tough experiences the last couple years, but I’ve got a big team behind me and supporting me, staying positive even when I was negative about myself. It’s definitely a great year. A lot of things happened that I didn’t think would happen.”

Sakkari, from Greece, recorded just eight winners and made 19 unforced errors. Martinez had 17 miscues.

–Field Level Media