Monday, 10 October 2016

Aga, Nick and Andy triumphant

As the men head to Shanghai for the next Masters tournament, two of the competitors go with titles won the past weekend.

Andy Murray proved a class above Grigor Dimitrov, taking out the China Open in Beijing 6-4 7-6, but Dimitrov has enjoyed a successful couple of months and is back in the world's top twenty.

Nick Kyrgios came from a set down against David Goffin to win the Japan Open in Tokyo, the third and biggest title of his career, all collected this year.  Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka and Thiem are the only others to have triumphed at least three times in 2016.  

Only three of the world's top twenty won't be competing in Shanghai - Nishikori, Federer and Thiem all missing through injury.

Aga Radwanska overwhelmed Johanna Konta in the China Open women's final, the victory propelling her to number three in the world.  The WTA top ten has been shaken up with Pliskova moving up to five, Keys to seven, Konta in at nine (all career highs), and Muguruza dropping to six.

While Shanghai hosts the cream of the ATP crop, the ladies do battle at Linz, Austria, with Muguruza, Keys, Cibulkova and Suarez Navarro headlining.
World number one Kerber leads a strong field in Hong Kong, including Konta, Venus Williams and Wozniacki.
Radwanska will be attempting a China double as she takes the top seeding into the Tianjin Open.  She will be joined by Kuznetsova, Vesnina, Puig and several other top fifty players.

All up, nine of the top thirteen active ranked players on the WTA tour will be in action across Europe and Asia.

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