Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep

by Abel Hampton October 11, 2017, 0:09
Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep

Achieving the top ranking has not come without its criticism.

Johanna Konta is likely to be edged out of a place in the elite field for the WTA finals in Singapore after being overtaken for the eighth and final qualifying place by Caroline Garcia, who won the China Open yesterday. "This game was definitely very important".

The 26-year-old Halep had the superior mobility - Garcia had her right thigh strapped - but the French player was making the better shots.

Garcia climbed six spots from No 15 to No 9 after winning back-to-back titles at Wuhan and Beijing. "I think I played well". I served pretty okay.

In the second-set tiebreaker, the unseeded Garcia jumped out to 4-1, and on a first match point at 6-3 with Halep serving, the Romanian netted a forehand.

Kyrgios offered Nadal eight break points in the first set with Nadal taking two service breaks.

"I think I fought till the end, which I'm really happy about". She deserved to win today.

Garcia's feat was all the more remarkable because she was carrying a leg injury that has required frequent on-court treatment and completed a mammoth three-set quarter-final win well past midnight on Friday evening. "She was better", Halep said. "To play every single day, it was just after every match you had to forget about what happened and be on the present again", Garcia said.

"It was such an fantastic two weeks", Garcia said.

"It was such an wonderful two weeks, it went so fast".


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