It’s been a great week for the two British number ones Andy Murray and Johanna Konta with both players making it to the China Open finals in Beijing. Eleventh seed Konta has made it into the world’s top ten for first time in her career and finished as runner-up to World number three Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland who dominated the final winning her twentieth WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title 6-4, 6-2.
In the lead up to the final, Konta beat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova in the first round 6-1, 6-1 followed by Hungarian Tímea Babos 7-5, 6-2 in round two. In the third round Konta defeated Karolina Pliskova in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 and then China’s Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-0 in the quarters, she then booked her place in the final by beating eighth seed Madison Keys from the USA in three sets 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
World number two, Murray was top seed and beat fifth seed David Ferrer from Spain in the semi-final cruising to victory 6-2, 6-3 in just ninety minutes. Murray will face Bulgaria’s Gregor Dimitrov today in the final at The National Stadium after Dimitrov’s semi-final opponent Milos Raonic had to retire with an ankle injury. In the quarter finals Murray beat fellow Brit Kyle Edmund 7-6, 6-2 after defeating Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia 6-2, 6-1 in round two and Italian Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5 in the first round.
Former world number one Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together at the China Open. The Spanish duo beat American Jack Sock and his Australian partner Bernard Tomic 6-7(6), 6-2, 10-8 in the final. Fifth seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the China Open Women’s doubles title upsetting the top seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4.
In other news World number fifteen Australian Nick Kyrgios won his third ATP singles title at the Japan open in Tokyo beating David Goffin from Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the final.
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