Clay is a surface which allows Garcia to unload her devastating groundstrokes and it's certainly one where she can do a lot of damage. Last year it was Garcia who defeated Iga Swiatek on clay handing her the only loss on the surface in the entire year. To make it even more impressive it happened in Warsaw on Polish soil.
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Hope for Fresh Start
Garcia would like to have a fresh start at Roland Garros putting behind all the struggles she had last year. Speaking ahead of the event, Garcia expressed happiness about being back in Paris:
"I'm very excited to be in Paris and this tournament means a lot for me. Preparation is going well. We just try to take it one day at a time. It's sport, it's tennis. Obviously, it's not easy to do a copy-paste of what is happening in the couple months before. But it is important, and last year made me able to do some great things at the end of the year."
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Reuniting with her coach
Garcia had one of the best years of her career last year under her coach Perret. She parted ways with him after that but now they're back reunited as things weren't going so well without him. On that, Garcia said:
"He understands my game style really well and is really open-minded about the way we can practise it. The feeling is there, so it's pretty hard to explain, but we spend so much time on and off court with the team that you have to have a good feeling with that person. It's either there or not. I can't talk about the other players, but for me it's really important.