Karolina Pliskova's WTA Finals hopes were hit by an ultimately comprehensive final defeat to Caroline Garcia at the Tianjin Open on Sunday. "I've won three titles in China, so it's bringing me luck", said the 24-year-old Garcia.
However, the Czech suddenly made a series of errors and allowed Garcia back into it. Garcia saved a set point at 5-6 before going on to win the hour long first set. Pliskova is scheduled to play in Moscow.
With momentum on her side, Garcia broke Pliskova's serve twice to claim her first WTA title since her back-to-back triumphs in Wuhan and Beijing previous year.
Naturally, the set went to a tiebreak, where Pliskova dominated with huge forehands to race to a 5-1 lead.
The Frenchwoman looked more solid and assured as she had to save two consecutive break points.
The Czech broke back to 5-2 at the end of a tense battle in that game with Pliskova squandering the first two break points, Garcia giving a third opportunity with a double fault and missing the first chance to serve out the match.
Pliskova again held with an ace to lead 4-3 while Garcia countered once more with excellent striking from the forehand side to level the set at 4-4.