Agnieszka Radwanska Wins 2016 China Open in Beijing

Agnieszska Radwanska defeated Johanna Konta in the WTA Beijing 2016 final on Sunday.

Agnieszka Radwanska is back in the winner’s circle on the WTA Tour. The Polish player has had a tough go at things for much of the second half of the current season, however she is the sole survivor in what was a deep draw at the 2016 China Open. Radwanska defeated Britain’s Johanna Konta in the final 6-4, 6-2 for her first title since New Haven. When the prestige of the tournament is factored in, Radwanska just posted her best result in a final since winning the tour championship last season.

Radwanska referenced the deep draw in her post-match interview:

“Every title means a lot,” Radwanska claimed, “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 so of course I’m very happy to win this tournament again, and this trophy is going to stay in a very special place.”

When the rankings update, Radwanska will hold at the No. 3 position behind both Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. Johanna Konta, despite the losing effort, will jump into the Top 10 for the first time in her career. Not surprisingly, she’s happy with her result in Beijing despite the one-sided final:

“It’s pretty cool! I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb,” Konta said. “I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka.”

Other players that did well in Beijing included Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina. Both players made the semifinals with Keys looking to get to the World No. 7 position on Monday. That height is a new precedent for the American as she looks to get to the WTA World Tour Finals for the first time in her career.

The WTA events continue this upcoming week with tournaments in Austria, Hong Kong, and Tianjin. An ice-cold Garbine Muguruza is the top seed in Austria, World No. 1 Angelique Kerber is in the Hong Kong draw, while a possibly-tired Radwanska heads over to Tianjin. The 2016 World Tour Finals are not far off as the end of the current season nears.

Shane Lambert