Serena thumps Radwanska to set up final date with Jankovic

Sat Oct 5, 2013 7:50pm EDT
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(Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams and Serbian eighth seed Jelena Jankovic set up a final showdown in the China Open after their contrasting victories in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The top-seeded American, who has now won 72 matches in 2013 and a prize purse of more than $9 million, hit 31 winners to thrash Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2.

But former world number one Jankovic had to rally from a set down to notch up her first career win against ninth seed Petra Kvitova 6-7(7) 6-1 6-1.

The 32-year-old Williams, who will be eyeing her 10th title of the season on Sunday, received medical attention on her back during the second set but it provided no respite for Radwanska.

"Playing against Agnieszka, she plays like magic, she can move the ball left and right - she can do anything with her shots," Williams told reporters.

"So for me today it was just important to try to stay ahead of her, or one step ahead of her. I just tried to do that today and I'm happy with how things went."

Kvitova, who won her second WTA title of the year last week in Tokyo, edged Jankovic in the tiebreak to bag the first set but a flurry of errors in the second set handed the momentum back to the Serb.

"I lost to her the last two times we played. She has always given me a lot of trouble and didn't allow me to play my game," Jankovic told reporters. "Even today in the first set she was controlling the points.

"I was still there, but didn't feel comfortable. But in the next two sets I felt like I went on top of her and took control. Then as the match went on I think she got a little bit tired... and then I had everything in my hands, pretty much."   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. runs to return a shot during her women's singles semi-final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon