Kuznetsova wins China Open
BEIJING: Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova powered to the China Open title on Sunday, crushing Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets and ensuring her return to the WTA's top five.
Sixth seed Kuznetsova, who won in Beijing in 2006 and was runner-up last year, overcame the number 12 seed, 6-2, 6-4 at the 6.6-million-dollar combined ATP/WTA event.
Kuznetsova, who defeated Radwanska earlier this year en route to the French Open title, dominated the first set, breaking the 20-year-old Pole three times and running her around the court with her penetrating pinpoint ground strokes.
In the second, the 24-year-old Russian also went up an early break and never looked back, keeping Radwanska on the run by hitting difficult angles from the baseline.
She easily served out the match, ending with a wide serve Radwanska could not handle.
The win ensures that Kuznetsova, currently world number six, will move into the top five when the new WTA rankings come out on Monday.