Beijing: World No 1 Rafael Nadal won his sixth title of another remarkable year as he punished a disgruntled Nick Kyrgios at the China Open on Sunday.
In the women's singles final, unseeded Caroline Garcia of France won the biggest singles title of her career with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over soon-to-be World No 1 Simona Halep.
The 31-year-old Spaniard was never really in trouble against the temperamental Australian in a 6-2, 6-1 rout in 92 minutes on Beijing's outside hard courts.
Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam winner, came to the Chinese capital on the back of winning his third US Open.
He saved two match points in his nervy opener against Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
But after that Nadal sliced through the opposition to win the China Open for the first time since making his debut in Beijing in 2005.
Since then Nadal has gone on to become one of the greatest players of all time and he underlined his brilliance in swatting aside the 22-year-old Kyrgios.
The world-ranked 19 displayed his best side in forcing Nadal to 2-2 in the first set, but his other side emerged later.
Kyrgios was already on a warning from the umpire from the first game of the match for something he said.
And when he went down 30-0 on Nadal's serve at 2-2, he began the first in a series of lengthy discussions with the umpire — frequently spreading his arms in despair.
The Australian, going for a fourth career title, shook his head and continued the discussion as he trudged back to his chair, initially to whistles from the crowd and then cheers to encourage him.
Kyrgios, whose undoubted talent has often been overshadowed by his on-court conduct, collected a penalty point as his title hopes quickly evaporated.
Garcia extended her winning streak to 11 matches and added to her Wuhan Open triumph last week. The current World No 15 will climb to ninth in the rankings on Monday, marking her Top 10 debut.
Halep, who will take over as number one in the next rankings, broke Garcia’s serve in the first game of the match but the 23-year-old hit back immediately, breaking the Romanian twice to win the first set.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the second set, Garcia saved nine consecutive break points in the seventh game, before taking a 4-3 lead but Halep recovered to force a tiebreak.
The Frenchwoman became the first to complete the Wuhan and Beijing double and is now on track to qualify for the season-ending WTA finals, as her win took her past Briton Johanna Konta to number eight in the Race to Singapore rankings.
Halep’s record at finals this year is underwhelming, with the 26-year-old winning just one of her five finals so far - the Madrid Open in May.
With inputs from AFP and Reuters
Published Date: Oct 08, 2017 07:46 pm | Updated Date: Oct 08, 2017 09:25 pm