Garcia defeats Pliskova to win Tianjin Open

Karolina Pliskova Tianjin 2018

Garcia defeats Pliskova to win Tianjin Open

Top seed Karolina Pliskova produced a ruthless display as she raced past Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 6-2 6-1 to reach the Tianjin Open final on Saturday.

It marks the first final for Garcia since winning back-to-back titles a year ago at Wuhan and Beijin.

In the final she will play Italian fifth seed Camila Giorgi, who was a 6-3 6-4 victor over Alison van Uytvanck.

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However, the Czech suddenly made a series of errors and allowed Garcia back into it. Garcia saved a set point at 5-6 before going on to win the hour long first set. However, she followed a deep crosscourt forehand with a well-placed volley into the open court to win the seventh tiebreak out of 19 played this season 9-7.

At the Upper Austria Ladies Linz, Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova recovered from losing the first set 6-0 to Andrea Petkovic to book her spot in a first WTA Tour final. Garcia forced Garcia to net a backhand and confidently went for a down the line forehand victor to erase the second.

"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.

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