Pliskova, Gar­cia in Tianjin Open fi­nal

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova will be look­ing for her sec­ond ti­tle of the WTA’s Asian swing when she plays sec­ond-seeded Caro­line Gar­cia of France in the Tianjin Open fi­nal to­day.

Pliskova, play­ing on a wild card, needed only an hour to beat Timea Bascin­szky 6-2, 6-1 in one of yes­ter­day’s semi­fi­nals. It was Pliskova’s fourth con­sec­u­tive win in the last two years over Bascin­szky, who is re­turn­ing from a long lay­off with a right leg in­jury.

Pliskova won the Pan Pa­cific Open in Tokyo, beat­ing US Open cham­pion Naomi Osaka in the fi­nal in Septem­ber.

Gar­cia moved into to­day’s fi­nal with a 6-3, 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei.

It marks the first fi­nal for Gar­cia since she won back-to­back ti­tles at Wuhan and Bei­jing last year.

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