Garcia prevailed 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the WTA Finals title, earning $1.57 million and 1,375 ranking points. And more proof that she is at her best in this more assertive, forward-thinking game.
Garcia, who had the most aces among all Hologic WTA Tour players, reached 11-10 in the opening set alone without encountering a break point. Double faults have been a humiliating weakness for Sabalenka, who committed two of her three in the crucial first-set tiebreak.
Garcia, 29, won every final she competed in this year and, going back six years, eight out of nine. Garcia had a breakthrough season in the fall of 2017 when she won both of her 11 matches in the Wuhan and Beijing WTA 1000 tournaments. Her entry into the Top 10 and the WTA Finals in Singapore were both catapulted by this. Having just turned 24, she. Although Garcia lost to Venus Williams in the semifinals, she had won two of the three round-robin matches.