Pliskova sets up Tianjin fi­nal with Gar­cia

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports - COR­RE­SPON­DENT TIANJIN

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.

Pliskova, who won the Pan Pa­cific Open ti­tle last month, dropped just eight points on serve and broke Bac­sin­szky four times to reach Sun­day’s fi­nal against France’s Caro­line Gar­cia.

World num­ber six Pliskova, cur­rently eighth in the Race to Sin­ga­pore stand­ings, is bat­tling for one of the three avail­able spots in the sea­so­nend­ing WTA Fi­nals start­ing on Oct. 21.

The 26-year- old Czech would im­prove her chances by claim­ing her third ti­tle of the sea­son on Sun­day.

“I know I have a good chance to get to Sin­ga­pore be­tween this week and next week as well,” for­mer world num­ber one Pliskova said.

“I think it was a pretty okay year for me and if I end it in Sin­ga­pore it’s go­ing to be amaz­ing for me. It’s al­ways a goal... so hope­fully, I can end there.”

Sec­ond seed Gar­cia cruised past Tai­wan’s Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3 6-4 to move into her first fi­nal since lift­ing back-to­back ti­tles in Wuhan and Bei­jing last year. REUTERS

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