Caroline Garcia: “This tournament wants to be different to the others”
After getting through the Mutua Madrid Open qualifying stage by beating Spain’s Sara Sorribes and Laura Pous, the French player sat down with the official website to analyse her magnificent form of late and to give her opinion about the Madrid tournament.
Full of smiles after beating Laura Pous in the qualifying stage to earn a place in the competition’s main draw, Caroline Garcia sat down to talk with the Mutua Madrid Open. The 20-year-old Frenchwoman gave her opinion about the tournament and also spoke about her recent strong run of form.
What are your feelings and expectations in this tournament after these first few matches?
I have felt good during the qualifying matches. It’s not easy to play against Spanish players but I’m happy to have won. I can improve on things tomorrow because it will be a great match to play. My next opponent is a very good player.
Now that you’re in the main draw, what are your objectives?
I’ll just play my usual game. I’ll be aggressive but it also depends on what the other player does. I’ll keep trying to improve because the French Open is coming up and that is very important, but saying that, I have to remain focused on this tournament.
You have been playing really well over the last few weeks; you just won your first WTA singles and doubles titles in Bogota and you just cruised through the Mutua Madrid Open qualifying stage. How do you feel?
I know that I’m enjoying some good form at the moment and I’m full of confidence in terms of how I train and how I play in matches. I just have to make sure that I continue to work hard on the court and to not become complacent. You have to work a lot on court and stay focused on your game.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I have a good serve and play a direct game. I like to put a lot of spin on the ball. I’m very aggressive, I’m not afraid to approach the net and I move well around the court.
You have beaten Top 10 players like Jelena Jankovic, and even won a set against world number 1 Serena Williams in Miami. Do you think your confidence is the key reason behind such good performances?
I don’t think [confidence] is the key to beating a good player. You always have to work a lot on court, expect the unexpected and play aggressively, which I like to do. But the more confident you are, the harder you will try to win.
You played on the Mutua Madrid Open centre court yesterday. What was it like playing in the main stadium?
It’s big and really well designed. It’s extremely bright on the court, but saying that I’m also happy to play on any of the other courts here [laughs].
What are your thoughts about this tournament, the Mutua Madrid Open?
It’s an excellent tournament. It’s very different to the other tournaments we play in, but it’s nice to have some variety. The Mutua Madrid Open is very modern, well designed and we are treated extremely well. I like the atmosphere here.
A long time has passed since a French player last won a grand slam. Do you feel any pressure to win one?
I don’t feel any pressure but it’s normal for a player to have some expectations of themselves. You have to be prepared for the possibility. I just focus on myself and try to enjoy my tennis, train hard and improve.
Why do you think this is such a standout tournament?
Well everything is really well designed and modern. I think this tournament wants to be different to the other ones, and its great for us players to change things up.
You are now enjoying a nine-match winning streak. Did you expect to go on a run like this at the start of the year?
I wasn’t expecting anything like this, but long may it continue. However, each match is different and at the start of each tournament you have to forget about the last one. I try not to think about it that much. For example, when I played in the Fed Cup I forgot about the tournament I had just won because in order to be ready you have to focus on the now.