Pliskova, Garcia in Tianjin Open final

Pliskova has to wait for WTA Finals spot

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. But when serving at 5-3 with the set on her racket, Pliskova hit two backhand errors, and suddenly, it was 5-5.

Second seed Garcia cruised past Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3 6-4 to move into her first final since lifting back-to-back titles in Wuhan and Beijing a year ago.

With momentum on her side, Garcia broke Pliskova's serve twice to claim her first WTA title since her back-to-back triumphs in Wuhan and Beijing previous year.

After both players held their serves in a tight first set, world No. 16 Garcia fought from 1-5 down to edge the decisive tiebreak 9-7.

The Frenchwoman looked more solid and assured as she had to save two consecutive break points.

In-form Wang had earlier progressed through her rain-delayed match against top seed Elina Svitolina, before then regrouping to defeat Garbine Muguruza in three sets, 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 7-5. However, she was made to wait a little longer for her victory and secured the title with her sixth ace of the match.



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