Agnieszka Radwanska beats Hong Kong Open-bound Johanna Konta to claim China Open title
The third-ranked Pole wins 6-4, 6-2 in Beijing on Sunday to claim her crown title of the season
Agnieszka Radwanska beat Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open-bound Johanna Konta in straight sets to take the title at the China Open on Sunday to claim her third crown of the season.
The third-ranked Pole cruised through the tournament without dropping a set and sealed her second title in Beijing with an ace to secure a 6-4, 6-2 win.
After dropping her serve twice in each set, Britain’s Konta tried to level the scoreline in the second and pushed Radwanska to two break points in the sixth game.
But the Pole fired a forehand down the line to save her service game.
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“That was a really special week for me,” Radwanska said. “I really played great tennis, especially against top players.”
Konta held the next with a forehand drop shot that Radwanska redirected wide.
But the Pole then served for the title and fired her only ace of the match straight down the line for her third Premier Mandatory title, which is one rung down from a grand slam.
Despite the loss, by reaching the final Konta has amassed enough points to break into the top 10 – the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984.
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When the new leaderboards are released on Monday it will be the first time since computerised rankings were introduced that a British man in Andy Murray and woman are ranked in the top 10 at the same time.
Konta claimed two top 10 scalps en route to the final, sixth-ranked Karoline Pliskova and number eight Madison Keys, but she was kept on the defensive on Sunday.
“I guess it’s pretty cool. I’m very pleased with my progress over the last few years, and hopefully, yes, still many more places to climb,” said Konta, who was making her first appearance in Beijing. “But as of now I’m really enjoying my journey, I’m really enjoying working hard and really working towards playing matches like these against players like Agnieszka, so hopefully I’ll have many more in the future.”