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Caroline Garcia beats Karolina Pliskova to win Tianjin Open title

16 October 2018

"I've won three titles in China, so it's bringing me luck", said the 24-year-old Garcia.

Now in eighth place in the race to Singapore, the Czech will have to wait out the results from next week's tournaments in Luxembourg and Moscow to see if she qualifies for one of the two remaining spots.

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. Pliskova is scheduled to play in Moscow. The former world No.1 gifted a couple of errors to give Garcia, who recorded 32 wins to 7 defeats after winning the first set at WTA level this season, the first break to 2-0 in the second set.

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It was only a matter of time until Betts, who had been 4-for-October, broke out. "This is about the Boston Red Sox ". Boston did most of its damage in the third, accounting for three of its nine hits to take the lead for keeps.

World No. 1 Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens have all booked their spots for the Oct 21-28 tournament, leaving only two spots up for grabs, reported the BBC.

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

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. She saved a set point for Pliskova at 5-6 to go on to win the hour-long first set. She secured the title with her sixth ace of the match.

Caroline Garcia beats Karolina Pliskova to win Tianjin Open title