France's Garcia wins Tianjin Open

France's Garcia wins Tianjin Open

France's Caroline Garcia survived a hard opening set before beating top seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7) 6-3 to lift the Tianjin Open title on Sunday.

Garcia moved into Sunday's final with a 6-3 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei.

It was the 16th-ranked Garcia's first title since she won back-to-back trophies at the Wuhan and Beijing tournaments in Asia just over a year ago.

This was the third final between No.1 and No.2 seeds in 2018, and the lower seeded player has always on the title, at Auckland and the Australian Open.

The world No. 16 took out the top seed 7-6 (7), 6-3. 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.

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Garcia was down 1-5 in the first set tiebreaker before she rebounded.

The Frenchwoman looked more solid and assured as she had to save two consecutive break points.

"I was a little bit more aggressive than her and that's what made the difference in the first set".

"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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