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2016 China Open: Radwanska beats Svitolina 7-6, 6-3

Reporter: Xu Zhen 丨 CCTV.com

10-09-2016 15:53 BJT

Raonic's withdrawal meant the last match of the day at the National Tennis Stdium in Beijing featured the third seed from Poland, Agnieszka Radwanska taking on Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in the semi-finals.

That's 2011 champion Radwanska looking cool and collected as she emerges onto court.

But coolness doesn't always work and Svitolina broke the Pole in the first game. This would be one of many such entertaining rallies that consisted of great battles at the net. Radwanska tries to go over top, but Svitolina is on it and the Ukrainian sets up an easy winner.

But Radwanska breaks late to force a tiebreaker and now has set point which she gets when Svitolina scoops a forehand wide.

Radwanksa would waste no time in taking the lead in the second set as she is going to break the Ukrainian with a fine running backhand.

The Pole would go on to take a 3-0 lead, but Svitolina her upset world number one Angelique Kerber earlier this week, earns a break to get on the board.

But she would only win three games and that's simply not going to cut it. Svitolina hits wide on match point and Radwanska wins in straight sets to book her place in the final.

That's American Madison Keys serving in the other semi-final to Johanna Konta of Great Britain. This would be a very close match with the first set going to a tiebreak. Konta thinks she catches the line with this deep shot to the corner but it's called out. But she cahlenges and the review shows it was indeed in.

Konta would take control of the breaker to build a 6-1 lead and now has set point. She gets Keys on the run and the American sends her forehand long to end the frist frame.

But Keys comes right back in the second and she's going to win this point with a nice passing shot and later the set 6-4 to force a decider.

The third would belong to Konta however and the 25 year old now has match point. Keys hits the net and Konta takes the set 6-4. Not only does the hard fought victory put her into the final, but it also means she will become the first British woman in 32 years to crack the top 10 in the world rankings.

 

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