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Garcia stuns Halep to win China Open


Caroline Garcia of France celebrates her win at the end of her wo men’s singles semi-final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 7, 2017. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

Unseeded Caroline Garcia of France won her second title in as many weeks as she stunned new world number one Simona Halep in the closely fought final of the China Open on Sunday.

Garcia is in the form of her life and edged out the Romanian second seed 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to add the China Open to the Wuhan Open title she lifted last weekend, making it five WTA crowns in all.

Ranked 15 in the world, 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.


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