Caroline Garcia the French World No 15 ended his magic run with a triumph over top seed Simona Halep who had earlier stunned Swiss ace Maria Sharapova in the 3rd round of the China Open in Beijing. Garcia defeated Halep 6-4, 7-6(3) in straight sets to clinch the China Open, 207 title. With the victory Garcia took her winning streak to 11 matches and this will be her second title of the year.

Garcia and Halep had a stern battle in the final which saw the French overpower her Romanian opponent in one hour and 52 minutes.  The French ace now has 5 WTA career titles and with the China Open triumph she became the only player to have won both the China Open and the Wuhan Open title.

The first set saw both the players tie at 4-4 and it could have gone to anyone from there but two poor returning shots from Halep allowed Garcia to take a 5-4 lead. Halep went on to commit a few more unforced errors in the next game and Garcia made the most of the situation ensuring the first set 6-4. Garcia who was suffering with a leg injury didn’t let the pain get the better of her and continued her trade passionately.

The second set was again battle of wits between the two players as they both tied down again on 3-3 before Garcia committed three unforced errors which opened the game up for Halep to capitalise but the Romanian couldn’t do much as Garcia saved all three points and brought the game to deuce.

Halep made several errors and let go off opportunities letting Garcia take home the biggest title of her career. Halep who had gained the top rank after defeating Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-final on Saturday was at the receiving end as Caroline Garcia was in no mood to give the title away.

When asked about how she felt while lifting the title, Caroline Garcia replied, “Incroyable”(Incredible).

A disappointed Simona Halep said she did well and will take the runners-up title, “I cannot be sad,” said the Romanian.

First Published | 8 October 2017 5:03 PM
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