For the second year straight, a single WTA player has won both of the two big Asian tournaments. Agniezka Radwanska, who won in Tokyo last week, defeated Andrea Petkovic today to win the China Open in Beijing. Last year, world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki won both events. Wozniacki entered both of them this year, but was defeated by Kaia Kanepi and Flavia Pennetta, respectively.
In a final that lasted two hours and 34 minutes (the first set took an hour and 24 minutes), Radwanska beat Petkovic 7-5, 0-6, 6-4. Radwanska is now 5-0 against Petkovic.
This was Radwanska's third win of the season, her fourth premier event win, and her first premier mandatory event victory. She now re-enters the top 10 as number 10 in the world, and she is most likely a contender to play in the WTA Championships in Istanbul. For those us who really like to watch Radwanska play, the past two weeks have marked somewhat of a revelation regarding her potential (and certainly evidence of what can happen when one replaces humiliation and verbal abuse with actual coaching).
There is one premier event left to be played this season--the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. There are also three international events--in Linz, Osaka and Luxembourg. The Championships in Istanbul begin on October 25.