WTA 2016 China Open

Radwanska Marches Past Shvedova in China QF

Agnieszka Radwanska advances to the semifinal round of the 2016 China Open with a quarterfinal sweep of Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova.

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Agnieszka Radwanska eases past Yaroslava Shvedova to reach the final four of the 2016 China Open.
Agnieszka Radwanska eases past Yaroslava Shvedova to reach the final four of the 2016 China Open.

2011 China Open champion Agnieszka Radwanska eases past Kazakhstan world no. 39 Yaroslava Shvedova to advance to the 2016 China Open semifinals. The world no. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska sweeps Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1, 6-2 in a one hour and thirteen minute quarterfinal match. Agnieszka Radwanska has now reached the semifinal round in two out of three tournaments in the Asia leg of her late season schedule. Radwanska moves just one win away from her third WTA finals appearance of 2016. The China Open win also improves Agnieszka Radwanska to a 4-1 singles match record over Yaroslava Shvedova.

Yaroslava Shvedova draws first blood over Agnieszka Radwanska to start the quarterfinal match. This turns out to be the only point for Shvedova in the first frame. Agnieszka Radwanska suddenly seizes control with a six-win burst to claim the match opener after just thirty minutes of play.

Agnieszka Radwanska wins the service game on both fronts to help her win the match opener over Yaroslava Shvedova. Radwanska won 13 of 21 (62%) first serve points against a meager 3 of 7 (43%) total from Shvedova. Agnieszka Radwanska also had a significant lead on the second serves, as she wins 5 of 11 (45%) second serve points compared to a mere 1 of 9 (11%) output from Yaroslava Shvedova. Radwanska was able to convert three of her five break point opportunities, while managing to save three out of four of Shvedova’s break point tries.

The second set begins with Agnieszka Radwanska winning two of the first three games for a 2-1 advantage. Yaroslava Shvedova ties with Radwanska, 2-2, with a 40-30 win in the fourth. Agnieszka Radwanska then comes up with a four-win surge to seal the quarterfinal match, 6-2, after a forty-three minute final frame.

Yaroslava Shvedova was able to take a slight edge on the first serves ahead of Agnieszka Radwanska. Shvedova won 11 of 25 (44%) first serve points against an 8 of 11 (73%) performance from Radwanska. Agnieszka Radwanska recovers on the second serves, as she wins 7 of 13 (54%) second serve points to a close 5 of 13 (38%) finish from Shvedova. Radwanska was able to triple Shvedova on the breakers to help her dominate the final frame. She broke Shvedova three times, while managing to deflect one out of two of Yaroslava Shvedova’s break point opportunities.

Up next for Agnieszka Radwanska is a 2016 China Open semifinal match with Ukrainian world no. 19 Elina Svitolina. Heading into their Beijing meeting, Agnieszka Radwanska holds a 3-0 advantage over the 22-year old Elina Svitolina in their singles head to head match record.

Elina Svitolina goes through Australian world no. 49 Daria Gavrilova to reach the semifinals of the 2016 China Open. Svitolina sidesteps her 22-year old contemporary with a 7(7)-6(3), 6-1 straight sets win in a one hour and forty-five minute quarterfinal match. Elina Svitolina has now reached the semifinal round in two out of three of her Asia tournaments. The victory also ties Elina Svitolina with Daria Gavrilova 2-2 in their singles head to head match record.

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta eliminates the final Chinese competitor in the quarterfinal round.

Also advancing to the semifinals of the 2016 China Open is United Kingdom world no. 14 Johanna Konta. The 25-year old Johanna Konta eliminates the lone Chinese competitor left in Beijing, world no. 36 Shuai Zhang. Konta eases past Zhang with a 6-4, 6-0 sweep in a one hour and twelve minute quarterfinal match. The victory also improves Johanna Konta to a 4-1 singles match record over the 27-year old Shuai Zhang.

Johanna Konta sets up a 2016 China Open semifinal match with American world no. 9 Madison Keys. The 21-year old Madison Keys currently holds a 1-0 match record over Johanna Konta heading into their Beijing semifinal meeting.

Madison Keys outlasts Czech Republic world no. 11 Petra Kvitova to stamp her semifinal entry in the 2016 China Open. Keys survives the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open champion with a 6-3, 6(2)-7(7), 7(7)-6(5) victory after a marathon two hour and forty one minute quarterfinal match. The win also ties Madison Keys with Petra Kvitova 3-3 in their singles head to head matchup.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova celebrate their win over Christina McHale and Shuai Peng.

In other 2016 China Open results, the team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova make it to the doubles draw semifinal over the team of Christina McHale and Shuai Peng. Mattek-Sands and Safarova sweep McHale and Peng 6-4, 6-2 in a one hour and ten minute quarterfinal match.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova will face the team of Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the China Open semifinal.

In other doubles draw results, the all-French team of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic also make it through to the tournament semifinals. Garcia and Mladenovic rout the doubles team of Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko with a 6-4, 6-3 sweep in a one hour and twenty-two minute quarterfinal match.

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic will face the team of Chinese Taipei sisters Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan in the China Open final four.