Agnieszka Radwanska, a player who thrives in Asia, won her ninth career title on the continent out of a career 20 on Sunday, beating Brit Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to claim the China Open title.
“It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week so of course I’m very happy to win this tournament again,” said Radwanska of the Premier-level event. “This trophy is going to stay in a very special place.”
It was her third title of the year and second in Asia.
The Pole did not drop a set all week in joining only three other active players to win three of more career Premier-level titles: former No. 1s Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.
From 2-5 down in the final Konta put on some resistance, but when it looked like she was ready to possibly draw the match even, the Brit made some key tight unforced errors. In the second set Radwanska applied consistent pressure, resulting in just eight unforced errors in the match.
“It’s a very special moment — third final and second title here,” Radwanska said. “It was a really special week for me and it couldn’t be any better.”
On Monday Konta will become the fourth British player to reach the Top 10 as her break-out year approaches the finish line.
“It’s pretty cool. I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb,” Konta said. “I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka.”
The runner-up effort from Konta also sees her move into the final spot for WTA Finals as that ongoing battle continues among players.
Radwanska improved to 20-7 in career finals, while Konta fell to 1-1 after winning at Stanford earlier this year.
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