China Open 2014 Semifinals
China Open Men’s Singles Semifinals Saturday Oct 4
1-Novak Djokovic beat 6-Andy Murray 6-3 6-4
3-Tomas Berdych beat Martin Klizan 6-4 6-1
China Open Women’s Singles Semifinals Saturday Oct 4
4-Maria Sharapova beat 9-Ana Ivanovic 6-0 6-4
3-Petra Kvitova beat Samantha Stosur 6-3 5-7 6-2
Djokovic Faces Berdych in Beijing Final
atpworldtour.com: October 4, 2014 Beijing, China - Tomas Berdych will face Novak Djokovic in the China Open final after defeating Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday in Beijing.
Berdych will look to overturn a 2-15 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic, with his last victory over the World No. 1 coming last year on clay in the Rome quarter-finals.
The third-seeded Berdych finished strongly against Klizan, who was looking to back-up his stunning quarter-final win over Rafael Nadal. The Slovakian went toe-to-toe with Berdych for eight games, before the Czech pulled away, winning eight of the last nine games to triumph in 81 minutes.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is proving nigh on unstoppable at the China Open. The Serb improved to a 23-0 record in Beijing and advanced to his fifth final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray in Saturday’s semi-finals. Looking to add to the trophies he won at this ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament in 2009-10 and 2012-13.
The 27-year-old Djokovic recorded his sixth win in his past seven matches against Murray. He improved to a 14-8 mark in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series as he defeated the Scot in one hour and 37 minutes.
Murray rallied briefly in the second set, fighting from a break down to level at 4-4, but Djokovic’s defensive skills left the Dunblane native smashing his racquet in frustration as he capitulated on serve in the ninth game. Djokovic limited Murray to just seven winners and thwarted the Scot on four of his five break point chances.
Sharapova vs Kvitova in China Open Final
wtatennis.com: October 4 2014 Beijing China - Maria Sharapova came out swinging then fended off a late surge from Ana Ivanovic to snap a two-match losing streak against the Serb and move through to the final of the China Open.
Ivanovic had beaten Sharapova in their last two meetings, in straight sets in the third round of Rome and in a dramatic three-setter in the semifinals of Cincinnati, and Sharapova looked like a woman on a mission this time, coming out of the blocks on absolute fire, storming out to a 6-0, 1-0 lead.
After mustering up just one winner to 14 unforced errors in the first set, the No.9-seeded Ivanovic steadied herself from there, breaking back at love to get back to 1-all then hanging with Sharapova over the course of the next half hour, staying on serve through 4-all. But the No.4-seeded Sharapova broke one last time for 5-4 and closed it out, 6-1, 6-4, after a marathon 10-minute final game.
Sharapova will take on No.3 seed Petra Kvitova who won her semifinal against Samantha Stosur to reach the China Open final and get within a win of World No.2 - the career-high ranking she set back in 2011.
After Kvitova put away the 44-minute opening set, 6-3, Stosur began painting the lines on serve, dropping just four points in six service games and then sneaking out a break in the 12th game to take the second set, 7-5. The Australian hit 13 winners to just nine unforced errors in that second set.
But the No.3-seeded Kvitova bounced back in a big way in the third set, reeling off five games in a row from 1-2 to close the match out, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, hitting a massive ace on her first match point. Kvitova is a perfect 8-0 since the US Open, going 5-0 to win the Wuhan title and 3-0 so far here.
Sharapova leads Kvitova in their head-to-head series, 5-2, which includes winning their last four meetings in a row - and the last three in straight sets. The last time they played was earlier this year in Miami, also on hardcourts, with Sharapova running away with it in the second set, 7-5, 6-1. The two will also be playing for No.2 - whoever wins the final will become the new World No.2.