Beijing Open | Garcia on the move
Caroline Garcia won the WTA China Open in Beijing and in the process, has weakened Jo Konta’s grip on a place for the year-ending WTA Championships in Singapore.
The unseeded Garcia took out Simona Halep who had done enough during the week to ensure she would be the world number one on Monday, ousting Karolina Pliskova.
It was such an amazing two weeks, it went so fast, I have the feeling I started these tournaments yesterday or two days ago. Caroline Garcia
The Frenchwoman is in the form of her life as she defeated the second seed 6-4 7-6(3) to add the China Open title to the one she collected in Wuhan the previous Sunday.
And she won despite carrying a leg injury which required constant treatment throughout the match and returning to the court after completing her semi-final well past midnight the previous night.
“I was like, seriously, this really happened?” Garcia said afterwards, asked what was in her mind when she slumped to her knees following her win.
“It was such an amazing two weeks, it went so fast, I have the feeling I started these tournaments yesterday or two days ago.
“To play every single day, it was just after every match you had to forget about what happened and be on the present again.”
From a British perspective Konta has now slipped to ninth in the Race to Singapore with Garcia leapfrogging her from tenth place to eighth. Konta has a chance to make the grade but she will have to win the title in Moscow to achieve that.
It certainly looks like the British No1, who a few weeks ago was a virtual certainty for qualification. Had she been able to secure a few wins in the tournaments since the US Open and not falling in the first round on five occasions, she would have avoided becoming the Alternate player, a role she played last year when Svetlana Kuznesova snatched the eighth place from her.