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China Open: Radwanska powers past Konta to capture title

Last updated on: October 09, 2016 18:16 IST

Agnieszka Radwanska

IMAGE: Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland returns a shot against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during the women's singles final. Photograph: Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images.

Agnieszka Radwanska collected her 20th career WTA title after a dominant 6-4, 6-2 victory over Britain's Johanna Konta in the China Open final on Sunday.

Third seed Radwanska, the 2011 champion, did not drop a set on her run to the title and closed out her win over Konta in an hour an 36 minutes.

Konta, who is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released and is the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984, committed 34 unforced errors against Radwanska and struggled on serve.

The Pole finished with just eight unforced errors and wrapped up victory with an ace.

"It's a very special moment; third final and second title here. It was a really special week for me and it couldn't be any better," Radwanska told reporters.

"Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments. It's top players from the first round and I've been playing my best tennis all week."

Agnieszka Radwanska

IMAGE: Johanna Konta of Great Britain holds the runner up trophy next to Agnieszka Radwanska. Photograph: Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images.

Konta, who was 146th in the world 17 months ago, has continued a remarkable rise up the rankings despite her defeat.

On her main draw debut at this year's Australian Open, Konta became the first British woman into the last four of a grand slam in more than 30 years.

She also earned her first WTA title at the Stanford Classic in July.

"I'm very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb. I'm just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka," Konta said.

Radwanska, who bowed out in the fourth round of the US Open last month, also won the Connecticut Open and Shenzhen Open earlier this year and has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore.

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