Un­seeded Gar­cia wins China Open

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Tennis -

BEI­JING – Un­seeded French­woman Caro­line Gar­cia won the big­gest sin­gles ti­tle of her ca­reer with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) vic­tory over soon-to-be world num­ber one Si­mona Halep in the China Open fi­nal on Sun­day.

Gar­cia ex­tended her win­ning streak to 11 matches and added to her Wuhan Open tri­umph last week.

The cur­rent world num­ber 15 climbed to ninth in the rank­ings on Monday, mark­ing her Top 10 de­but.

Halep, who will take over as num­ber one in the next rank­ings, broke Gar­cia’s serve in the first game of the match but the 23-year-old hit back im­me­di­ately, break­ing the Ro­ma­nian twice to win the first set.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the sec­ond set, Gar­cia saved nine con­sec­u­tive break points in the sev­enth game, be­fore tak­ing a 4-3 lead but Halep re­cov­ered to force a tiebreak.

The French­woman be­came the first to com­plete the Wuhan and Bei­jing dou­ble and is now on track to qual­ify for the sea­son-end­ing WTA fi­nals, as her win took her past Bri­ton Jo­hanna Konta to num­ber eight in the Race to Sin­ga­pore rank­ings.

Halep’s record at fi­nals this year is un­der­whelm­ing, with the 26-year-old win­ning just one of her five fi­nals so far - the Madrid Open in May. (Reuters)

CARO­LINE GAR­CIA of France kisses the tro­phy after de­feat­ing Si­mona Halep of Ro­ma­nia in the fi­nal. (Reuters)

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