Caroline Garcia claimed the WTA Finals title today in Fort Worth ©Getty Images

France's Caroline Garcia had the perfect end to the season, being crowned champion at this year's Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals in Fort Worth, overcoming Aryna Sabalenka in two sets.

The world number four recovered from a difficult 2021 by making the fourth round at Wimbledon in the women's singles, and followed that up with a semi-finals appearance at the US Open - her best-ever Grand Slam singles result.

After making it out of the Tracy Austin Group in second place and defeating Greek Maria Sakkari in straight sets in the semi-finals, the 29-year-old faced Aryna Sabalenka in the final, a fellow 2022 US Open semi-finalist who conquered Polish world number one Iga Świątek in the final four in Texas.

Garcia hit 11 aces in total - with 10 coming in the first set - while Sabalenka's double faults came back to haunt her at the most crucial points of the game.

As a result, the French player won 7-6, 6-4 having not met a break point in a close encounter between the pair.

It signalled consistency form for Garcia, who looks to be performing better than her previous 2018 peak.

She has matched her best-ever world ranking as a result.

Aryna Sabalenka, left, and Caroline Garcia, right, with their trophies ©Getty Images
Aryna Sabalenka, left, and Caroline Garcia, right, with their trophies ©Getty Images

Garcia has not lost a final she has appeared in this year, with four singles and a doubles victory to her name in 2022 - the latter seeing her crowned French Open doubles champion with compatriot Kristina Mladenovic. 

"I'm just very happy about the mindset, to be really calm at every moment," said Garcia post-match.

"All the negative emotion doesn’t affect me, and that was really a big part of taking the few opportunities I had in the tiebreaker and the first game I broke her in the second."

Veronika Kudermetova and Belgian Elise Mertens won in the women's doubles final against Czech Republic's Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková 6-2, 4-6, [11-9].

As the WTA Finals came to a close, American Coco Gauff and Krejčíková and Siniaková are making the trip to Glasgow for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, an event that Świątek announced she would withdraw from saying "the situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury", due to the small gap between the tournaments.

It is scheduled to begin today.