Zhang Shuai of China celebrates after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in a women's singles match of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Ng Han Guan
November 03, 2016

ZHUHAI, China (AP) Chinese wild-card entry Zhang Shuai became the first player to secure a semifinal spot at the WTA Elite Trophy tournament, beating Timea Babos 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Thursday to secure the top spot in her group with two wins.

After a 6-1, 6-1 opening win over Timea Bacsinszky, Zhang needed to win just four games against Babos to win the group. She fell behind 4-1 before recovering to level at 4-4 and then held on to win the first set in a tiebreaker.

She rebounded from a break down in the second set to clinch the win in 1 hour, 36 minutes.

Caroline Garcia beat Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-3 to set up a Friday encounter against top-seeded Johanna Konta for a spot in the semifinals in their group.

The tournament in Zhuhai features the 12 players on the tour who didn't qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week.

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