Beijing, Oct 10 (IANS) Timea Bacsinszky outlasted Ana Ivanovic in a tough three-setter 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 here on Saturday to reach the final of the China Open. She will face Garbine Muguruza in the final, who edged past Agnieszka Radwanska in a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, a 6-4 game earlier on Saturday. Ivanovic snuck out a 58-minute first set, 7-5, and after falling behind 5-1 in the second set she clawed back to 4-5 and brought up two break points, very nearly making that set and even 5-all. 

But the No.12-seeded Bacsinszky held in the end for the set and rolled through the third, eventually closing it out, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. She actually ran away with 16 of the last 17 points of the match. “I just tried to focus on my game plan and not look further – I was only thinking about the next ball, the next point, not what was going to happen after that,” Bacsinszky said in her on-court interview after the match. “I want to thank the whole crowd – many people have been cheering for me, and I’m sorry for Ana’s fans too, you were cheering for her a lot too. But I’m happy you could all make it. I love you guys – you’re an awesome crowd. I love playing in China, also last year, and I’m really enjoying my time here.”

    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

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