Garcia stays alive at WTA Finals by beating Wozniacki
SINGAPORE (AP) Caroline Garcia stayed alive in the WTA Finals by beating already-qualified Caroline Wozniacki 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday.
Garcia, making her singles debut at the year-end event, and Wozniacki both have 2-1 records in the Red Group, but the Dane had previously secured a spot in the semifinals. The result of the second match between top-ranked Simona Halep (1-1) and Elina Svitolina (0-2) will determine the other semifinalist.
Wozniacki, who reached the final in 2010, led 5-3 in the final set and served for the match at 5-4 but was broken on a netted backhand.
Garcia capitalized on her second match point when Wozniacki blasted a backhand long.
''In the first set she was playing amazing and I was not believing enough,'' Garcia said. ''At the beginning of the second set I said, `What do you have to lose?' Nothing. Just try to play a little bit better and more intensity with my legs, and I finally find my rhythm.''
In a late season charge, Garcia won back-to-back titles in Wuhan and Beijing to secure her entry into the WTA Finals.