Garcia Clinches First Grass Court Title In Mallorca

SANTA PONSA/CALVIA, June 19, 2016

Caroline Garcia is the champion of the inaugural €250,000 WTA Mallorca Open. The sixth seed from France defeated Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-4 in the final on Sunday.

Garcia won 74% of her first service points and 58% of the total points played. She converted four of her 12 break point chances to seal victory in one hour and 15 minutes.

“I’m glad to win any tournament; it doesn’t matter what surface!” a giggling Garcia told press after the match.

“When I arrived here, it was my first tournament on grass this year, so I wasn’t expecting to go this far or win the trophy. It’s a great achievement after a long and diffcult week, so I’m happy to be the winner.”

Garcia earns €34,677 in prize money as well as 280 WTA ranking points.

“For now, this is my best season; when you win your first title, you never know if you’ll win another. It was a dream to win my first, and now I have three, plus the French Open in doubles. The work I’m doing with my team is definitely paying off.”

With the second title of the season under her belt, the 22-year-old French moves back into the Top 32, helping her to become the new number one of her country and earn a seed at Wimbledon.

“It’s good, but I don’t play tennis to be No.1 in my country. It’s a good achievement but I want to go higher and higher. It’s work from every day and every week, and I’m happier that I’ve won a title to help bring up my ranking. My goal is to be better and better each week, so it gives me a lot of motivation to continue with the hard work.”

Earlier the day, Gabriela Dabrowska and Maria José Martínez Sánchez claimed the doubles title, winning 6-4, 6-2 over Anna-Lena Friedsam and Laura Siegemund in one hour and 16 minutes.

The event continues on Monday with Dominic Thiem, Feliciano López and Carlos Moya competing in an exhibition tournament for the “Toni Nadal Trohy”.