China Open: Radwanska facing Kuznetsova in final today

BEIJING: The final of the china Open Tennis Tournament will be played here today between Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kuznetsova cruised to victory against Nadia Petrova, also Russian, 6-1, 6-3, in the semifinals on Saturday.

Petrova, 27, who defeated Serena Williams in the third round, fell quickly to Kuznetsova, 24, in the first set. Petrova’s left leg appeared weak, preventing her from chasing the ball, and Kuznetsova easily won the set 6-1.

Before the start of the second set, a trainer was called to stretch Petrova’s leg, and she appeared more mobile throughout the rest of the match. But Petrova’s play was still sometimes sluggish, and she fell to Kuznetsova 6-3.

In the second semi-finals, Radwanska defeated Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-3.

Marin Cilic of Crotia and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will face each other in the men’s final.