Caroline Garcia, qualified for the Masters final: “I am really very proud”

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Caroline Garcia, qualified for the Masters final: “I am really very proud”

“You are the third French player in history to reach the Masters final after Mary Pierce (1997 and 2005) and Amélie Mauresmo (2003, 2005 and 2006). What does this performance represent?
Right now, I’m not sure I quite realize that. I’m just super happy with the performance today (sunday). It happened so quickly compared to yesterday (Saturday) where I could have finished third in my pool. I qualified hard and had to switch for the semi-final. Everything happened so fast. Being in the semi-final or final of a Masters has nothing to do with it. It’s even bigger. Not many of us have done it. This is a super important step. I am really very proud.

How do you analyze your performance against Maria Sakkari (6-3, 6-2)?
It was a really good match for me. I managed to impose my style of play and it paid off from the start. I felt more relaxed than yesterday. I was very happy to be in the semi-finals of the Masters for the second time in my career. I was inhabited only by positive energy. After yesterday’s match, obviously my legs were a little heavy. I tried to recover well. I was glad to have an extra hour of sleep (time change overnight from Saturday to Sunday in the United States) !

“Mentally, I was really clear in my ideas. When a bit of stress came, I managed to handle it well to finish quite quickly”

You were very tense against Kasatkina on Saturday (victory 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 [5]), you even spoke of a “panic attack”. How did you manage to be so serene barely 24 hours later?
We talked about it a bit with the team about the panic attack that happened to me and which also happened to me at other times during the year. Every day is different. You wake up a certain way. Today, when I woke up, well, I had a little heavy legs, but I was super excited and super happy to play this game, yesterday’s victory. There were still plenty of emotions.

Yesterday allowed me to realize some things. I know very well that when I start talking and getting angry, it leads to nothing. I still do it a bit, but I’ve made a lot of progress on it over the year. And today, mentally, I was really clear in my ideas. When a bit of stress came, I managed to handle it well to finish pretty quickly.

The goal is to succeed in having fun despite the stakes?
This is really a super important parameter. Every time I step onto a court, I tell myself that I have everything to gain. You can lose matches, but I try to commit myself fully, to get them. Maybe the timing will be a bit “off”, but at least I went there and I don’t regret telling myself that I was passive.

When I play aggressive, when it wins points, when I make good points, when you see that you have the share with the public too, that your efforts pay off, that you win big matches and that you go on in big tournaments , frankly it’s just fun and “kiff” for me. Playing like that, making “winners” and volleys, I love it! »

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