Djokovic wins record third China Open title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the trophy during the victory ceremony for the men's singles final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the 2012 China Open tennis tournament held in Beijing, capital of China, on Oct. 7, 2012. Djokovic won the match 2-0 and claimed the title.

World No.2 Novak Djokovic from Serbia captured a record third China Open title after edging past always-dangerous and talented Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final on Sunday.

Djokovic is the only player who can defended title here after winning in 2009 and 2010 and this time he made history again by winning the China Open for a record third time.

The 25-year-old took one hour and 45 minutes to claim the victory at 7-6(4), 6-2. It was also his fourth title of the year. Read more »

Sharapova blows away Li to make China Open final

Maria Sharapova of Russia greets the spectators after the women's singles semifinal against Li Na of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, on Oct. 6, 2012

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova took eight games in a row to cruise past home favourite Li Na 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals at China Open here on Saturday.

Sharapova, who entered the final without dropping a single set, demolished Li's hope to become the first Chinese finalist here, under the witness of some 15,000 home crowd in the National Tennis Stadium.

The Russian second seed will bid for her first China Open title when she takes on Victoria Azarenka in Sunday's final. The Polish top seed defeated Marion Bartoli of Germany 6-4, 6-2 in another semifinals.

Li, Asia's first Grand Slam winner, had a better start by breaking in the third game of the first set and established a 3-1 lead due to some poor serving by Sharapova, including three consecutive double faults in one game. Read more »

Berdych, Radwanska into China Open finals

Czech third seed Tomas Berdych muscled out top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France here on Saturday to reach the final of the 2.1-million-U.S.-dollar China Open ATP tournament, while Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska saw off Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-4 to enter the women's singles final.

Berdych into China Open finals

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Li Na bows out of China Open first round

Li Na bows out of China Open first roundWorld number five Li Na became the biggest seed casualty in the opening round of the China Open on Sunday, slumping to a 6-4, 6-0 defeat to the unknown Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu.

Since her triumph at Roland Garros Li Na has been consistent with arranging new sponsorship deals, but her tennis results are regularly disappointing. The Chinese has recently signed on with two more sponsors, Crown (Australia's leading integrated entertainment and resort operator) and Kunlunshan (China's first mineral water brand), but when it comes to tennis, she doesn’t know what to do to help herself.

Right now I've just lost all confidence. On the court I don't know what I can do. I felt even winning one point was tough for me. My coach came out and told me exactly what was right, but I couldn't do it.

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