Caroline Garcia acknowledges that Iga Swiatek has set the bar high for the world No 1 ranking as she noted that she will have to win at least one Grand Slam if she wants to have a shot at the top spot in 2023. With 4,375 points, Garcia is currently the fourth on the WTA rankings list.
There is a big point difference between Swiatek and Garcia as the top-ranked Pole has 11,085 points. Following her WTA Finals triumph, Garcia returned to a career-high ranking of No 4 in the world. Garcia’s goals for 2023 will be winning a Grand Slam and attacking the top spot.
“Regarding the rankings, I see them as a consequence of my results. Afterwards, when you get close, of course, you know that the world No. 1 spot is something quite legendary. It’s historic in a career. So it’s part of the things to do or try to accomplish at least once.
Let’s say that Iga [Swiatek] has set the bar high, there is no need to hide it. Anyway, given the scenario, it will be almost impossible to reach it without winning a Grand Slam. So I’m going to try to be solid all year and see where it brings me,” Garcia wrote for Eurosport’s Players’ Voice.
Garcia: I could quickly reach the No 2 position
Garcia doesn’t really have many points to defend in the first part of the 2023 season and second-ranked Ons Jabeur has just less 700 points more than Garcia. “I could very well arrive in Paris for the French Open sitting at the No.
2 spot in the rankings. It’s a possibility. Honestly, I don’t really think of that right now, even if it helps you to set higher standards for yourself to reach those spots. It makes me eager. The first part of the season is going to be interesting, it comes very quickly with the Australian Open.
We’ll see what I can do. But sure, It would be nice to arrive at Roland-Garros with an even better ranking,” Garcia added. Should Garcia win the Australian Open in January, she would become a Grand Slam champion and likely become the world No 2.