Caroline Garcia overcame Daria Kasatkina 4-6 6-1 7-6(5) to book the last spot in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament in Fort Worth, as the runner-up in the Tracy Austin Group.
In the eight-women field at the start of the WTA Finals, four players were debutantes, but only those with experience have advanced out of the group stage.
“I tried to stay very positive, keep fighting, try to play aggressive, even if she is probably the best defensive player in the world and such a fighter,” Garcia said after winning the thriller against Kasatkina. “We have kind of very opposite games, so it made some great rallies.”
When Garcia lost the first set, stats were against her, as Kasatkina entered the meeting with a 28-0 win-loss record this season when winning the opening set.
Feeling completely drained after the match, Kasatkina said that one or two points in the third-set tiebreak decided the winner. She gave her all, she squeezed out all her energy and power to make the semifinals on her WTA Finals debut, but Garcia prevailed after two hours and 27 minutes. The third set alone lasted 80 minutes.
Garcia’s semifinal opponent will be Maria Sakkari, who topped the Nancy Richey Group unbeaten in the round-robin stage. The other semifinal will be between Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka.