Kutznetsova claims her second China Open title

07:51, October 12, 2009      

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Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia holds up the trophy during the awarding ceremony after winning women's singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at the 2009 China Tennis Open Tournament in Beijing, Oct. 11, 2009. Kuznetsova beat Radwanska 2-0, and claimed the title. (Xinhua/Gong Lei)

World number six Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Agnieszka Radwanska to grab the second China Open title on her fourth appearance at China Open tournament finals on Sunday, climbing to the fourth spot in the world.

Kuznetsova began the match by a break to take a 2-0 lead. In the following games, Kuznetsova didn't drop any of her own serve games, and broke twice to establish a 5-2 lead. The 24-year-old Russian seized the second of the two set points to end the first set 6-2.

In the second set, Kuznetsova broke again to lead 2-0. She continued her masterful form by hitting a number of powerful attacks. Although Radwanska didn't drop any of her serve points in the rest part of this set, one break was enough for Kuznetsova to seal the victory 6-2, 6-4.


Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (R) and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hold up their trophies during the awarding ceremony after women's singles final at the 2009 China Tennis Open Tournament in Beijing, Oct. 11, 2009. Kuznetsova beat Radwanska 2-0, and claimed the title. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

"I am not feeling very well today," said runner-up Ranwanska after the match. "but it's really a good feeling to play the top players in strong tournaments like this."

Kuznetsova told a news conference that she treated the final as a single match.

"I think good players are always performing their best in every match," she said. "so I tried my best, and this is what I did."

In the men's single final, the second seed Novak Djokovic stunned Marin Cilic to claim his first China Open championship.

Djokovic had a slow start, saving several break points to hold his first serve game, while Cilic didn't meet much difficulty in his own. The match was delayed when it got to 2-2 because of a rain. Djokovic, ranked 4th in the world, made full use of the time to get refueled.

After the match was restarted, Djokovic managed to hold both his serve games and broke twice. The 22-year-old won 71 percent of the points on his first serve, ending up the first set 6-2.

Djokovic seemed to have used up his luck to drop his first serve in the second set, while Cilic delivered a strong fighting back. However, Djokovic succeeded in breaking back in the sixth game to level the score 3-3.

Both sides had difficulty in holding serve games in the following games, the pair broke each other's serve games to level the match 6-6. In the tiebreak, Djokovic played top-level defense to defeat Cilic by 7-4, cementing the victory 6-2, 7-6(4).

In today's earliest match, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan needed 50 minutes to beat Andy Roddick and Mark Knowles to grab the men's double title. Their rivals didn't do much to stop them, and the twins finished the match 6-4, 6-2.

Source: Xinhua
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