US Open 2022: how Caroline García found the right recipe to return to the fore

US Open 2022: how Caroline García found the right recipe to return to the fore

Carolina Garcia has changed. When the US Open opens on Monday, August 29, the Frenchwoman, who rose from No. 79 to No. 17 in the world in three months, is one of the serious strangers to lift the trophy in New York. Since June, the 28-year-old Frenchwoman has had her best season.

After a three-year diet without a title, in the space of three months she won the Roland-Garros women’s doubles with Kristina Mladenovic, two WTA 250s, in Bad Homburg (grass) and Warsaw (clay), before finishing in apotheosis by winning his third WTA 1000 in Cincinnati (Ohio). She even became the first player to win a tournament of this rank after qualifying. She is also the only one to have won this year on three different surfaces.

Since June, the former world number 4 (in 2018) has accumulated 27 wins, including four against members of the top 10. Currently nobody is doing better on the circuit. For comparison, since 2019, he had only beaten one top 10 player, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, then the No.1 seed at the US Open in 2020.

In recent months, Caroline Garcia has found pleasure and a smile on the court. First, she got rid of her injuries, including the many injuries she had on her back and feet. “Physically I came back in good health, although there were always small flaws, I was much better and every week I was more and more solid”, explained Caroline García to the microphone of franceinfo, the day after her victory in Ohio. Most of all, she swept doubt away from her. “It is true that in recent years there have been doubts and difficult moments and few victories”, recognized the player.

“Since the start of the year, there really has been a lot of work and a great positive mindset from my whole team going forward. It didn’t pay off right away, there were physical glitches, but as things developed.”

Caroline García, 17th player in the world

on franceinfo: sport

This new confidence is the result of a team change. In November 2021, Ile-de-France decided to change her coach, she, who had been coached by her father, Louis-Paul Garcia, since her debut. From now on, she trusts Bertrand Perret, the former coach of her compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu or the Tunisian Ons Jabeur5th in the WTA.

Caroline Garcia during her final win in Cincinnati on August 21, 2022 and surrounded by her new team, her coach Bertrand Perret and her physical trainer Laura Legoupil.  (MAX PPP)

To complete her team, she now also has Laura Legoupil, her physical trainer and physiotherapist who follows her daily. “I have a permanent follow-up on a physical level with Laura to have a course of action and find solutions in particular in regards to my feet, which have caused me problems for the last two years”, Garcia specified in the columns of The teamAugust 22nd.

Less than a year after this change, you are already reaping the fruits of this work. “At some point you realize that time passes, and that you have to focus on certain things. So you believe in your style of play and you go for it all.” she told franceinfo before adding: “I have the clearest ideas. When I’m on the court, I know what I have to do. All the work done on the field, in training and off it, has been worth it”, Caroline Garcia rejoiced again.

Gone are the days when Garcia walked off the court with his head down, his face tight, all too often suffering his opponent’s play almost fatally. The Frenchwoman has recovered her aggressiveness and sharpness. More reactive on the court, she also adorned herself with a more striking and varied serve, offering for example 11 aces and 82% of points after her first ball during her final in Cincinnati against Petra Kvitova. The presence of her physical trainer, by her side on a day-to-day basis, is not unrelated to this new attitude.

Could her radiant summer be the start of a new career? In any case, the signs point in this direction. Confident and in the shape of her life, Caroline Garcia hopes to shine at the US Open. No Frenchwoman has ever succeeded there. And since Mary Pierce in 2005, no Habs has made it to the final.

If Garcia has never made it past the third round in New York, he could well prove himself a bit more during this 2022 edition. And why not dream of a first Grand Slam title, “The objective of [sa] career”. “External expectations are something I don’t like and never will, but this time I feel prepared,” she advanced on The team August 22nd. Caroline Garcia therefore seems ready to take on her new status.

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