Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to win the China Open in Beijing on Sunday. The third-seeded Pole added to her 2011 victory in the Beijing tournament, notching up her 20th career title and third of 2016. She took the victory without dropping a set throughout the tournament.
Radwanska broke Konta in the third game but then was broken back in the eighth before holding her service to take the first set. She then established her dominance in the second set, breaking Konta twice before serving out for the win with an ace. "That was a really special week for me," Radwanska said in post-match comments. "I really played great tennis, especially against top players."
Radwanska has now won both of the pair's encounters. She sealed the victory with just six unforced errors to Konta's 29. The 11th-seeded Konta was making her first Beijing appearance and had already assured herself of a place in the next WTA top-10 rankings — the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984.
"I guess it's pretty cool. I'm very pleased with my progress over the last few years, and hopefully, yes, still many more places to climb," said Konta, who was making her first appearance in Beijing. "But as of now I'm really enjoying my journey, I'm really enjoying working hard and really working towards playing matches like these against players like Agnieszka, so hopefully I'll have many more in the future."