Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Garcia to battle it out for Tianjin trophy

Caroline Garcia in action

The top two seeds Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Garcia are the last two players standing at the Tianjin Open.

Top-ranked Pliskova dropped only three games en route to a commanding 6-2, 6-1 victory in one hour over Timea Bacsinszky.

“I felt good today. I quite like her game, and I just had the match under control. I know she can play better than she played today, but I was just worried about myself,” the Czech said.

“It was pretty fast today…but she was a little bit tired because she had a long match yesterday.”

The result is a major boost to the world No 6’s hopes of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore as she is currently eighth in the rankings.

She will face Garcia in the final after the second-seeded Frenchwoman beat Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-4.

After they traded breaks early in the first set, Garcia claimed two late breaks to take a one-set lead while she was always in control of the second set after breaking twice to go 5-1 up.

Although Hsieh produced a late rally, Garcia held her off to book her place in the final.

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