Week #40: Kuznetsova wins in Beijing

Roland Garros champion Svetlana Kuznetsova captured the title in the big Premier mandatory event in Beijing after defeating young Polish Agnieszka Radwanska 6/2 6/4 in the final. The tournament was marked again by the early loss of the highest seeds, with none of the Top-3 seeds (Dinara Safina, Serena and Venus Williams) reaching the quarter-finals and with Kuznetsova as the only Top-10 player in the semis. Thus Kuznetsova had a relatively easy way to the title, not facing any Top-10 player. Marion Bartoli and Nadia Petrova completed the semis. Other remarkable performances include Chinese Wildcard Shuai Zhang, WTA #226, who became the lowest ranked player to defeat WTA #1, and young Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who upsetted Venus Williams for the 2nd week in row.

Beijing (CHN), Premier, $4,500,000
Final: Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) def Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6/2 6/4

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