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The Beijing competition has one serious flaw. The number of spectators at some very curious meetings is very frustrating. Tokyo hosts only the men's tournament this week, but there are no major problems with the number of spectators.

WTA / Premier Tournament. Beijing, China). China Open. Prize fund - $ 4,500,000. Hard, open courts.

Andrea Petkovic (Germany, 9) - Monica Niculescu (Romania, Q) - 6: 2, 6: 0.
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland, 11) - Flavia Pennetta (Italy) - 6: 2, 6: 4.

Recently, the main topic of conversation in tennis has been the WTA championship race, although there is also a battle going on in the Asia-Pacific region for getting to the final tournament. Of course, the men's season is a little longer, so it's still a long way to the denouement, there are still two Masters-1000s ahead, but still tournaments from the 500 series are also important for scoring points. In Tokyo, for the fifth time this season, the top four seeded reached the semifinals. All these tennis players are in the top ten of the world. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have already secured their way to London, David Ferrer was close, Murdie Fish's position is slightly worse , although in the race he is in sixth place.

Of the seven previous meetings with Nadal, Murdi won only one - the last at the Masters-1000 in Cincinnati. Of course, one can refer to the fact that Rafael played the marathon with Fernando Verdasco the day before, but victory is victory. True, then Fish was at the peak of his own form, and now he looks a little worse. Nadal also did not demonstrate his best game in Tokyo, but in the class he managed to pass all opponents without losing games.

For a long time, tennis players confidently kept their feeds, Murdi was in no way inferior to a more eminent opponent. But as it came to a conclusion, the American squeezed a little, and the Spaniard, on the contrary, added and pulled out a set. At the beginning of the second game, the first seed immediately made a break, gained confidence in his abilities and did not allow his opponent to return to the match - 7: 5, 6: 1.

In the other semifinals, there was no serious struggle either. David Ferrer performs much worse in the second half of the season than in the first. But Murray, on the contrary, scored excellent condition and won 17 meetings out of the last 18. And pretty quickly the Briton showed his excellent readiness. David showed a good game, although he was still too much wrong,

ATP / 500 Tournament. Tokyo, Japan). Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. Prize fund - $ 1,100,000. Hard, open courts

Singles. Semifinals
Rafael Nadal (Spain, 1) - Murdi Fish (USA, 4) - 7: 5, 6: 1.
Andy Murray (Great Britain, 2) - David Ferrer (Spain, 3) - 6: 2, 6: 3.

Andy repeatedly forced the audience to reward him with thunderous applause. The Briton traditionally played well on the defensive, but at the same time, when the opportunity arose, he was great on the attack. F has a serious chance of catching on the continuation during the match.errera did not arise - 6: 2, 6: 3.

On Sunday, Murray will play with Nadal for the 18th time. So far, the Spaniard has a huge advantage in personal meetings - 13: 4. They have already played against each other in Europe, North America and Australia, but in Asia they will hold an official match for the first time. Before that, they played at the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in 2009, and then the victory remained with Andy. ' I think this will be a very difficult match. Andy won a beautiful and confident win last week in Bangkok and made it to the final here. Playing against Murray is always a big challenge for me. I have to show my best tennis in order to have a chance of success in tomorrow's meeting ', - Nadal said.

The girls in Beijing did not have the brightest semi-finals on the poster. Judge for yourself, Andrea Petkovic - Monica Niculescu and A Gnieszka Radwanska - Flavia Pennetta . The main intrigue was the struggle in the WTA championship race, where Petkovic and Radwanska got close to the coveted eight and were ready to oust Marion Bartoli if they won at this stage. Marion was forced on Saturday to root for dark horses - Monica and Flavia.

Niculescu for the first time in her career reached the semifinals in a competition of this level. Petkovic has already been in the semi-finals at the Premier Mandatory in Miami this year. It is curious that the Romanian had an advantage in personal meetings, but she won both matches when the girls were just starting their professional careers.

Unofficial position in the WTA championship race after matches on October 8:

1. Caroline Wozniacki - 7395 points (21 tournaments).
2. Maria Sharapova - 6370 (13).
3. Petra Kvitova - 5691 (17).
4. Victoria Azarenka - 5590 (19).
5. Li Na - 5351 (17).
6. Vera Zvonareva - 5190 (20).
7. Samantha Stosur - 4975 (19).
8. Agnieszka Radwanska - 4640 (18).
9. Andrea Petkovic - 4580 (18).
10. Marion Bartoli - 4455 (25).
11. Francesca Schiavone - 3901 (21).
12. Serena Williams - 3180 (12).

Andrea clearly demonstrated why she is currently a higher level player. Niculescu's tenacious play this time did not work against the powerful attacks of Petkovic. The German woman literally blew her opponent out of her way. For 61 minutes, Monica managed to take only two games - 2: 6, 0: 6. But for her, this is already her best tournament in her career. However, as for Petkovic. The German woman reached the final of the WTA competition for the fifth time in her career, but before that it was more modest tournaments.

Her rival in the final was determined in the meeting between Agnieszka Radwanska and Flavia Pennetta . The Italian knocked out the previous champion of this competition and concurrently the first racket of the world, Caroline Wozniacki, from the tournament the day before. But if Karolina has not played very well lately, then Agnieszka, on the contrary, is at her peak. She won a major tournament in Tokyo last week. After such a busy week, the polka might have gotten tired, but in Beijing she continued her winning streak, reaching the semiinal, without losing a game.

The struggle in this meeting turned out to be more intense than in the first semifinal, and yet Agnieszka's advantage was felt throughout the entire match. Polka demonstrated her trademark play, surpassing her rival in stability on the baseline. Pennetta, in turn, sometimes gave good attacking combinations, but only sometimes. In the first game, the polka's advantage was more noticeable. In the second set, Flavia managed to equalize the position on the court for a while, but at a key moment she herself made several mistakes in a row - 2: 6, 4: 6.

In the evening program in Beijing, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych . At the moment they are taking 7th and 8th places in the ATP championship race, so the meeting was of an extremely principled nature, the goal of each was to secure their place in London. The winner of this match on Sunday in the final will play against Marina Cilic , who beat Ivan Ljubicic in two sets. Radwanska and Petkovic will play in the women's final in Beijing, while Nadal and Murray will compete for the title in Tokyo.

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