Garcia overcomes Pliskova to claim Tianjin title

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2018

Karolina Pliskova charged into the final of the Tianjin Open and further boosted her hopes of making the WTA Finals with an emphatic 6-2 6-1 triumph over Timea Bacsinszky on Saturday.

The French player, ranked 16th in the world, battled through a tight first set before streaking away in the second to beat the Czech top seed 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

It marks the first final for Garcia since winning back-to-back titles past year at Wuhan and Beijin. Garcia found herself with two set points during the remainder of the tiebreak, and completed her comeback in the breaker with a forehand volley victor, taking the set after a grueling 63 minutes.

Garcia was down 1-5 in the first set tiebreaker before she rebounded.

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Garcia destabilizes her opponent to save a set point sending a flashy forehand return, but she missed the first opportunity to seal the set at 7-6 after her routine top-spin down the line forehand flew well long.

The solid ace down the T Garcia placed to hold to 3-0 looked like the beginning of the end for Pliskova.

The pair were closely matched as the first set reached a tie-break, where Pliskova's repeated errors cost her after an initial mini-break and Garcia seized the lead.

The Tianjin title is the sixth of Garcia's career.

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