Caroline Garcia – school’s in.

26 Jun

Youth Gone Wild

French 18 year old Caroline Garcia. “Yes, I have a dream to be No. 1.

While Aussie Bernard Tomic, at 20 is the youngest player in the Wimbledon men’s draw, the women’s singles is littered with youth. And they are from all parts of the globe, not just traditional tennis strongholds. File away these names Monica Puig from Puerto Rico, Eugenie Bouchard from Canada, Brit Laura Robson and Anna Schmiedlova from Slovakia for starters. Big hitters, flair, talent and paving the way for others to follow from their homelands.

Another blazing a very bright trail, is France’s Caroline Garcia. At 18 Garcia is destined for greatness – a big call, but when Martina Navratilova is the person making the proclamation- we listen. Athletic with a pounding forehand, Garcia is drawn to meet Serena Williams – and in one of those strange quirks of tennis draws, she also met Serena 2 weeks ago at the same stage of the French Open, losing 6/1 6/2. Serena is in ominous form – a fact borne out by her current career best winning streak of 32 matches. It took her all of 19 minutes to win the first set last night against Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella. Ouch.

So what will Caroline Garcia do? From my perspective there is a macabre fascination – Garcia should still be in school – but in her chosen school, the WTA tour, the “exam” has come very early. Will Garcia have learned from the French Open loss? Her comments following that match suggest she has a strong analytical mind. “Serena’s accuracy is impressive, she strikes the ball hard, and I was running around a lot. Many balls were difficult to return. I have a lot of things to take home with me. I need to work on my game if I want to give her problems next time we play”. Study time is over, the exam is tomorrow.


2 Responses to “Caroline Garcia – school’s in.”

  1. bdhorse June 26, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Sounds like a young lady we should be following. It’s unlikely she will have progressed enough from their last meeting to beat Serena but you would hope that she can close the gap, even if just a little…

    Ben (BDH)

    • tennistipsfromapro June 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      Yep, thanks Ben for taking the time. Serena appears to be on track, but keep an eye out for Garcia…

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