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Swiatek through to China Open semifinals after comeback win

World number two Iga Swiatek secured a place in the China Open women’s semifinals, coming from a set behind against Caroline Garcia on Friday to win a match that hinged on razor-thin tie-breaks.

The Pole won 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 to set up a clash with either US Open champion Coco Gauff or world number six Maria Sakkari.

A tense opening set culminated with a marathon tie-break that Garcia — ranked 10th — eventually won with a vicious cross-court passing shot.

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The stubborn Frenchwoman then bounced back from 1-4 in the second set to lead 6-5 and threatened to take the match until a limp backhand gifted another tie-break to her opponent.

From there, Swiatek took control, notching a double break in the deciding set and finally taking match point at the fifth time of asking.

In Friday’s other quarter-finals, world number one Aryna Sabalenka will play fifth-ranked Elena Rybakina, while 17th-ranked Jelena Ostapenko faces Liudmila Samsonova of Russia.

The China Open is taking place for the first time since 2019 after Beijing ended strict zero-Covid travel curbs.

The men’s competition concluded on Wednesday when Italy’s Jannik Sinner beat world number three Daniil Medvedev in the final.

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