Radwanska and Berdych Win China Open Titles


Czech Tomas Berdych battled back from 3-6 down to stop Croatia’s Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to win the China Open on Sunday in Beijing. The victory marked his first title in more than 2 years.

It took Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska two hours and 32 minutes to win the China Open title by defeating Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 0-6, 6-4. The victory gives Radwanska her first Premier Mandatory event and seventh WTA singles title overall.

“To win this title means really a lot to me because it’s after 29 months,” said Berdych. “It was quite a long time, so I’m happy that I could break this up. I think I couldn’t have a better place to win a title than here in Beijing.

The Czech’s win moves him up to seventh place in the road to London for  the ATP World Tour Finals for the top eight players. “I did a great move to have a good chance to qualify for London. Still, these two weeks in Shanghai and Paris I really need to do well, noted Berdych. I want to do well. It just gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season and for the rest of the tournaments. So I’m really looking forward to that. I hope I can keep my level of game what I did and hopefully to win even more matches.

“I think the key moment was a break when it was 5-4; Marin was serving and I made a set point and just won the second set. That moment I started to really feel great, get some more energy for the third set, and then it was just my turn in the third set.”

As for Radwanska, she extends her current win streak to eleven. “I’m very, very happy Andrea and I could play such an amazing matchn, said the Pole. The first set was very tight, game by game. Then she killed me in the second set – I had chances, I was up 30-0 a few times, but it went by so quickly. It was hard to come back but I did, and in the end it was just a couple of points. I think it was the best final I’ve played. This is the biggest title of my career. It means a lot to me.”

Petkovic reflected on the match -“In two or three days, when the disappointment settles a little bit, I think I’ll be able to look back at this as a really great match and great entertainment for the people. Agnieszka has beaten me five times now – I really have to turn this head to head around. I actually love playing her – I just want to beat her one day!”


Singles – Finals
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d M Cilic (CRO) 36 64 61
(11) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (9) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 75 06 64
Doubles – Finals
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. (3) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) 63 64
[3] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 76(2) 76(4)