Monday, October 10, 2011

Tomas Berdych and Agnieszka Radwanska win China Open titles

BEIJING —Tomas Berdych beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the China Open on Sunday, and Agnieszka Radwanska topped Andrea Petkovic, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 to... claim the women’s title, her second in as many weeks. The victory lifted Berdych past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to No. 7 in the world standings and gave the Czech valuable points toward the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. It was the third-seeded Berdych’s first finals appearance this season after losing in six semifinals, and his first title since Munich in 2009.

The two broke each other’s serves repeatedly over lengthy rallies before Radwanska finally pulled ahead 5-4 in the decider and served out for the win after the ninth-seeded Petkovic saved the first match point. “We played unbelievable today. I really just better by a couple of points. I think it was the best final I’ve played,” Radwanska said. Radwanska’s third title of the year came on the heels of her victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Oct. 1.Radwanska, who lost the 2009 final in Beijing to Svetlana Kuznetsova, is 5-0 against Petkovic. “I really have to turn around this head-to-head one day, hopefully soon.”

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