Garcia beats Pliskova to win Tianjin title

Karolina Pliskova Tianjin 2018

The 16th-ranked Garcia battled through a narrow first set before streaking away in the second to beat the Czech top seed 7-6 (9/7), 6-3.

Garcia extended to 6-2 her record in tour-level finals and clinched the fifth title in a row after the defeats to Timea Bacsinszky in Acapulco and Monterrey in 2015.

Pliskova's failure to take the title also kept her from confirming a berth in the WTA Finals.

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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In the second set, Garcia stormed to a 5-0 lead and first served for the match at 5-1.

The former world No.1 sent an easy backhand long to give the minibreak back to 5-4 but came on top again to 6-5 with the most intense and spectacular rally of the opening set. She secured the title with her sixth ace of the match.

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