Garcia stays alive at WTA Finals by beating Wozniacki

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Caroline Garcia, of France, returns a shot to Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, during their quarterfinal match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament, in Tokyo. The WTA says Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup next week, meaning Caroline Garcia has secured the eighth and last berth in the WTA Finals. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

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.