Caroline Garcia wins biggest title of her career at WTA Finals
The first set was a bit of an underwhelming affair for all involved.
It was the kind of game that one or two of the players had every right to be weary of and the kind which could easily have been enough to make the match an unmitigated disaster of missed opportunities in both points.
However, Caroline Garcia turned that game into a complete and utter delight which she then proceeded to complete in the third and final set.
Garcia, who had been the one player not playing her best tennis and had a chance to win the match, was in complete control and was able to take out a match point from the match down 3-0 in the set after beating Madison Keys in another one of her better games.
Keys, meanwhile, was having problems in the first set as well, including losing service and a game in a row, while still having the better of the service games she was able to convert.
Garcia ultimately made it up 4-3 as she was able to come from behind down three games later to give herself the chance to serve out the match.
Key was the surprise package of the tournament, though.
She came to the first set, a 6-3, being held to only just 5 aces – she needed just a 7-1 lead to make it past the second set break – and was completely blown away by Garcia.
It seemed like her early season form had completely deserted her. Her lack of match practice was not helping.
She took the first set easily to love, then went on to win the service game to put Garcia in a 7-5 lead going into second set.
However, Garcia was not going to give Keys any chance to get back into it, and it was a game which seemed to go against her from the beginning.
After losing an easy game to Keys in the set, Garcia went on to win the next three games in a row. The streak wasn’t finished there though as she closed out the set with another service game to make it 7-5 and take the set 7-7.
The second set