Top seeds reach Tianjin Open final with comfortable victories

Top seeds reach Tianjin Open final with comfortable victories

Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova will look for her second title of the WTA's Asian swing when she plays second-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in China's Tianjin Open final.

Pliskova, playing on a wild card, needed only an hour to beat Timea Bascinszky 6-2, 6-1 in one of Saturday's semifinals.

Frenchwoman Garcia defeated fifth seed Hsieh Su-wei 6-3 6-4 to secure her place in Sunday's final.

The world No. 16 took out the top seed 7-6 (7), 6-3.

It's Garcia's first WTA title since lifting the Beijing Open in October 2017.

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

She could spot the sidelines and force Pliskova out of her comfort zone and gained the most from shorter returns into the middle of the court, a way to reduce Pliskova's angles on the first stroke after serve and retain the control in the rally.

"It's very nice for me to win a title again, because the emotion and the feeling after the match point is something very special and very hard to describe", Garcia told reporters after the match.

Pliskova remains well placed in the Race to Singapore, coming into this week eighth in the standings, but this was a missed opportunity to have a chance to officially punch her ticket on Sunday.

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