Caroline Garcia, who is she? Emma Raducanu will face a French tennis player at Wimbledon.

Garcia has a strong Grand Slam doubles record and will look to make an impression on Centre Court today when she faces Britain’s Emma Raducanu.

Emma Raducanu put her injury fears to rest by defeating world number 46 Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon.

The US Open winner returns to Centre Court for today’s middle match in an attempt to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the second year in a row.

In her next round, the 19-year-old will face Caroline Garcia of France. Garcia, who has previously rated in the top five in both singles and doubles, will be a stiff challenge for Britain’s hometown hero.

Who is Caroline Garcia?

Aged 28, Garcia has eight WTA singles titles to her name and even peaked at number four in the world back in 2018.

However, she has since slipped down the rankings, entering this tournament as the 55th best player on the planet.

Even at the height of her career, Garcia struggled to make an impact at singles Grand Slams, only ever reaching the last eight on one occasion – in 2017 at the French Open.

She has found success on the big stage in the doubles competitions, triumphing at the French Open in 2016 and 2022 alongside compatriot Kristina Mladenovic.

Has Emma Raducanu ever played Caroline Garcia before?

The pair have come head-to-head just once before. This came in the second round of the Indian Wells, with Raducanu triumphing 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

What has Caroline Garcia said about the clash?

Garcia revealed how she’s not intimidated by playing a Brit in front of a home crowd: “You know, when I play in the French Open, it’s kind of the same the other way around – you know what is going to happen, and I think it’s completely fair. You’re not going to complain about it.

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“I think British people are ‘kind’ most of the time in tennis.” They clearly want the British player to win, yet they remain fair and courteous.

“It’ll be my first match on Centre Court, and it’s always a joy to play on the great Slam courts, and Wimbledon’s is quite unique.” It’ll be a fantastic vibe.”

Who did Caroline Garcia beat in the first round of Wimbledon?

Garcia’s opening-round clash saw her pitted against another Brit in the form of 26-year-old Yuriko Miyazaki. She had to do it the hard way though, after losing the first set 6-4.

She then went on to storm the second set 6-1 before the final and deciding set went the distance, being decided by a tie-break.


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