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Tennis: Murray, Radwanska clinch titles at China Open

When the new leaderboards are released Monday, it will be the first time since computerised rankings were introduced that a British man (Andy Murray) and woman (Johanna Konta) are ranked in the top 10 at the same time. Photograph: (AFP)

Beijing, China Oct 09, 2016, 02.42 PM (IST)

Andy Murray beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to win the China Open on Sunday as he closes in on Novak Djokovic's number one ranking. 

The world number two lost six consecutive points in the second set to be pushed into a tiebreak by the unseeded Bulgarian.

The victory moves Murray 1,000 points closer to long-reigning world number one Djokovic, with the chance of taking the top spot by year-end.

Murray broke Dimitrov's serve in the opening game of the match, putting the 15th-ranked Bulgarian on the defensive and pushing him to make 21 unforced errors in the opening set.

In the second set, both held their serve through the first four games until Murray broke Dimitrov at 3-2.

In women's finals, Agnieszka Radwanska beat Johanna Konta in straight sets to take the title, denying the Briton her biggest career crown.

The third-ranked Pole - who cruised through the tournament without dropping a set - sealed her second title in Beijing with an ace for a 6-4, 6-2 win.

The victory was Radwanska's 20th career crown but there was more on the line for Konta, 25, who was making a bid in the Chinese capital for what would have been her second and biggest title.

Despite the loss, by reaching the Beijing final Konta has amassed enough points to break into the top 10 -- the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1984.

When the new leaderboards are released Monday it will be the first time since computerised rankings were introduced that a British man (Andy Murray) and woman are ranked in the top 10 at the same time.

(AFP)

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