Caroline Garcia collected her 7th career title beating Donna Vekic 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in a thrilling Nottingham final.
“I’m very happy and very proud of all of the week, and the way I fought today on court,” Garcia said. “The first set was tough for me, she was starting very well, but I knew there was only one way to go, and it was by fighting. I didn’t know if I was going to get the win, but I really wanted to fight hard, and try to get the experience and enjoy it, and I definitely did a lot.”
With rain playing havoc during the week – Garcia had to finish off her semifinal win over Jennifer Brady earlier, while Vekic played a quarterfinal on grass and then indoor hard! – the weather was no issue on the final day.
“I think I managed, with my team who is with me this week, very well,” said Garcia. “We had to have a lot of patience, and I think it was tough for the tournament also, because no fans could watch us indoors. It’s always very difficult, but you have to be ready.”
The 25-year-old Garcia is now 7-3 in WTA finals. She won her last three matches after losing the first set. It’s also her first grass title since 2006 Mallorca.
The 22-year-old Vekic slips to 2-6 in title matches.
Both players have tough openers in their next events. Garcia heads to Mallorca to meet Victoria Azarenka while Vekic will test French Open champion Ash Barty in the first round of Birmingham.
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