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Kuznetsova Dominates China Open Final

APSvetlana Kuznetsova returning a ball to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at the finals of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.

BEIJING — French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova managed to avoid the rain and dealt swiftly with the challenge of Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 to claim a second China Open title in the first year of its elevated status as one of the WTA's "crown jewel" events.

From the moment she broke Radwanska's first service game to the moment the 20-year-old Pole netted a return to give her victory 79 minutes later, Kuznetsova was in almost complete control of the women's final.

"I guess I just like to play here. I have some different luck here and definitely like the atmosphere. The support is great," Kuznetsova said.

The sixth-seeded Kuznetsova needed just one hour, 20 minutes to complete the straight-sets victory, racking up six aces along the way. The win is her second at Beijing in the last six years, a span during which she has also been runner-up twice.

"I like the tournament very much, especially that the prize money is higher than the men's, I think we deserve it," said the 24-year-old Kuznetsova, who will pocket a check for $775,500.

It was only the 2006 China Open champion's own errors that prevented the contest being completed even more quickly on a chilly evening at the Olympic tennis center.

"Svetlana is a great player ... she was just too good tonight," said Radwanska.

"She had nothing to lose, she's already in Doha so she was very comfortable tonight," added the Pole, who will play two more events this year in the hope of securing the final available spot in the women's year-end championships in Qatar.

Kuznetsova has already qualified for the season-ending WTA Tour Championship in Doha at the end of the month, and said she will spend some time in Moscow practicing before arriving in the Persian Gulf a week early to acquaint herself with the conditions. 
"Normally I feel really tired at the end of the season, but now I feel great," she said. 


(AP, Reuters)