Garcia defeats Pliskova to win Tianjin Open

Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic in action against Qiang Wang of China. File. Thomas Peter Reuters

Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic in action against Qiang Wang of China. File. Thomas Peter Reuters

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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