Caro­line Gar­cia —

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Andy Mur­ray picked her as a fu­ture No. 1 when she was a teenager. Af­ter im­prov­ing her year­end rank­ing for eight straight years and fin­ish­ing No. 8 in 2017, Gar­cia is now a ca­reer­high No. 6. An elite ath­lete with a French flair for the dra­matic, she hits ag­gres­sively and

po­si­tions her­self ag­gres­sively, of­ten in­side the base­line. At 24, Gar­cia is fi­nally re­al­is­ing her po­ten­tial, as her wins over Svi­tolina, Maria Shara­pova and Stephens in­di­cate. But her ground­strokes lack the power of Ostapenko, Mugu­ruza and Pe­tra Kvi­tova, and the con­sis­tency of Halep, Ker­ber and Woz­ni­acki. Gar­cia isn’t quite ready to go deep

at a ma­jor.

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