Some of the best male and female players in the world traveled to the site of the 2008 Olympics in order to compete in the 2013 China Open.
This hard-court event featured eight of the Top 10 in the WTA in the women's draw, as well as six of the Top 10 in the ATP on the men's side. Outside of the Grand Slams, you will not find too many better fields over the course of the season.
Rafael Nadal looked to continue his incredible season, coming into the tournament with a 61-3 record, including a 22-0 mark on hard courts. Nadal reached the final and will return to No. 1 in the world rankings, but current No. 1 Novak Djokovic stole the show and won the title at this event.
On the women's side, Serena Williams remains the top player in the world after beating Jelena Jankovic in the final.
All in all, fans in Beijing were treated to an excellent week of action as the players battle for 500 points and their share of $2,315,250 in prize money.
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Men's Top Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. David Ferrer
4. Tomas Berdych
6. Stanislas Wawrinka
7. Tommy Haas
8. John Isner
Women's Top Seeds
1. Serena Williams
3. Agnieszka Radwanska
4. Li Na
5. Sara Errani
6. Caroline Wozniacki
7. Angelique Kerber
8. Jelena Jankovic
Lleyton Hewitt def. No. 7 Tommy Haas; 7-6 (6), 6-3
Bernard Tomic def. Ze Zhang; 7-6 (4), 6-4
Fabio Fognini def. Tommy Robredo; 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Albert Montanes; 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (4)
Roberto Bautista Agut def. Grigor Dimitrov; 6-4, 6-2
Every time people seem ready to count out 32-year-old Lleyton Hewitt, he comes back with a great performance. The Australian reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open and now has the biggest win of Day 1 at the China Open.
Hewitt upset No. 7 Tommy Haas—who was having quite a year himself—in the first round thanks to an aggressive serving performance. While he struggled to get his first serve in play, he won 74 percent of the points when he did.
This was enough to knock out the only seeded player competing in the first day of action for the men's tournament.
Meanwhile, there were a number of other impressive performances, especially from Fabio Fognini. The Italian gutted out a three-set victory in a difficult first-round match against Tommy Robredo.
Grigor Dimitrov represents the most disappointing showing of the day after losing to qualifier Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets. A win could have matched up the 22-year-old player against John Isner, but now we will not be able to see that happen.
Still, the tournament's first day showed that there will be no easy rounds in this event.
No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Kristina Mladenovic; 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
Varvara Lepchenko def. Heather Watson; 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 10 Roberta Vinci def. Elina Svitolina; 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Sara Errani def. Kirsten Flipkens; 7-6 (3), 6-1
No. 11 Sloane Stephens def. Aleksandra Wozniak; 6-4, 6-4
Monica Niculescu def. Annika Beck; 7-6 (4), 6-4
Francesca Schiavone def. Alize Cornet; 3-2 (ret.)
Urszula Radwanska def. No. 16 Simona Halep; 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2)
No. 4 Na Li def. Daniela Hantuchova; 6-0, 6-4
Lauren Davis def. Mona Barthel; 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
No. 13 Sabine Lisicki def. Chanelle Scheepers; 6-3, 6-2
Laura Robson def. Klara Zakopalova; 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1
Misaki Doi def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa; 6-1, 6-1
Lucie Safarova def.  Samantha Stosur; 7-5, 6-3
Kaia Kanepi def. Julia Goerges; 7-5, 6-4
Madison Keys def. Dominika Cibulkova; 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska def. Stefanie Voegele; 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 Serena Williams def. Elena Vesnina; 6-4, 6-2
Maria Kirilenko def. Jie Zheng; 7-5, 6-2
Andrea Petkovic def. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka; 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Bojana Jovanovski def. Sorana Cirstea; 6-3, 6-2
Galina Voskoboeva def. Sharon Fichman; 6-4, 6-3
Shuai Zhang def. Shuai Peng; 6-3, 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Su-Wei Hsieh; 6-1, 6-1
Polona Hercog def. Monica Puig; 6-1, 6-4
Eugenie Bouchard def. Magdalena Rybarikova; 6-4, 6-1
While Monday was the first day of action for the men's side, it was the third day in the women's singles draw. Of course, most of the top players made it through in the early days unscathed.
Day 1 of the tournament was highlighted by Urszula Radwanska's upset over No. 16 Simona Halep in a match that featured two tiebreaks. On the second day, Lucie Safarova had the biggest upset when she defeated No. 15 Samantha Stosur.
However, the tournament took a major turn on Day 3 when the No. 2 player in the world lost in her first appearance.
Victoria Azarenka struggled mightily in a loss to Andrea Petkovic, totaling 15 double faults and 44 unforced errors. No matter who you are playing, it is hard to come away with a win after making that many mistakes.
This changes the outlook of the entire tournament, as Li Na becomes the favorite to advance to the finals in the bottom of the draw.
Ana Ivanovic was also impressive in Round 1, winning a tough opening match against Flavia Pennetta. She remains a sleeper to make a deep run in this loaded tournament.
No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. Santiago Giraldo; 6-2, 6-4
No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. Lukas Rosol; 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 Tomas Berdych def. Pablo Andujar; 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 Richard Gasquet def. Florian Mayer; 6-3, 7-6(2)
No. 6 Stanislas Wawrinka def. Andreas Seppi; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Sam Querrey def. Mikhail Youzhny; 7-6(3), 6-3
No. 8 John Isner def. Di Wu; 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3
Fernando Verdasco def. Somdev Devvarman; 7-6(6), 6-3
Nikolay Davydenko def. Yen-Hsun Lu; 7-6(3), 6-4
Marinko Matosevic def. Julien Benneteau; 7-6(5), 6-3
While there were no major upsets Tuesday, there were certainly a number of surprising results.
Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cruised to victory in their opening matches, leading many to believe the two are on a collision course to face each other once again in the finals.
However, a few other seeded players had trouble advancing to the second round.
No. 3 David Ferrer went down to the wire in a sloppy match against Vasek Pospisil. The Spanish star could not force a single break in the final two sets, although he was fortunate enough to get the points when it mattered in a third-set tiebreak.
The battle between Stanislas Wawrinka and Andreas Seppi is something tennis fans should expect deeper in tournaments, and it was as good as expected. However, the No. 6 seeded Wawrinka was able to come away with the win thanks to 10 aces and going 44-for-49 on his first serve.
Speaking of serves, John Isner was once again impressive in that aspect of his game, tallying 23 aces against local star Di Wu. Unfortunately, his struggles in the return game allowed Wu to almost pull the upset. Isner eventually came through with a strong third set to get the win.
This finalizes the second round, and the players will try to earn a spot in the quarterfinals in the next couple of days.
No. 1 Serena Williams def. Francesca Schiavone; 6-4, 7-5
Maria Kirilenko def. Urszula Radwanska; 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki def. Monica Niculescu; 6-3, 6-1
No. 11 Sloane Stephens def. Eugenie Bouchard; 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
No. 4 Na Li def. Bojana Jovanovski; 6-0, 6-1
No. 13 Sabine Lisicki def. Venus Williams; 6-1, 6-2
No. 9 Petra Kvitova def. Varvara Lepchenko; 2-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 7 Angelique Kerber def. Laura Robson; 6-1, 6-2
No. 10 Roberta Vinci def. Shuai Zhang; 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Lauren Davis; 6-4, 6-2
After a few spattered upsets to start the tournament, Tuesday's action featured nothing but the top seeds taking care of business.
Sabine Lisicki came through with the most notable win of the day, defeating Venus Williams in straight sets while only losing three games in the match. Williams was coming off a solid showing last tournament in Tokyo, but she allowed her opponent to win 27 of 28 first-serve points.
Li Na also had an impressive day while dropping only a single game against Bojana Jovanovski. The Chinese star did not face a single break point, and she remains a top contender to at least reach the finals at this tournament.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams struggled a bit with Francesca Schiavone. She was broken twice and had five double faults, but the No. 1 seed did enough to come away with a narrow victory.
Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova and Roberta Vinci all needed three sets to put away inferior opponents, but were able able to survive and advance in this deep tournament.
This is the last day before seeded players start to face each other, so the action will only pick up in the coming rounds.
No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. Philipp Kohlschreiber; 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Fabio Fognini def. Lleyton Hewitt; 6-0, 6-2
No. 8 John Isner def. Roberto Bautista Agut; 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4
Two hard-fought sets saw Rafael Nadal advance past the Round of 16 against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Nadal's serve was broken twice in the opening set, but the relentless Spaniard was able to break back on three out of five opportunities.
A run to the fourth round of the U.S. Open preceded this tournament for Lleyton Hewitt, who was coming off an impressive victory over fellow resurgent veteran Tommy Haas in the opening round in Beijing.
Unfortunately, the former world No. 1 couldn't keep it going on Wednesday, bowing out to Fabio Fognini. That was in spite of Fognini's putrid first-serve percentage of 37.
Towering American John Isner overcame a slip-up in a second-set tiebreak to avoid being upset by upstart Roberto Bautista Agut.
Isner smashed a whopping 24 aces en route to the victory and gave Agut no break point chances in the entire match.
Round 3 Matches
No. 4 Li Na def. No. 13 Sabine Lisicki; 7-5, 6-4
No. 9 Petra Kvitova def. No. 5 Sara Errani; 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3
Round 2 Matches
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska def. Madison Keys; 6-3, 6-2
No. 8 Jelena Jankovic def. Galina Voskoboeva; 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Polona Hercog def. No. 14 Ana Ivanovic; 6-4, 6-4
Andrea Petkovic def. Svetlana Kuznetsova; 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
An evenly played match headlined the action between Li Na and Sabine Lisicki, but the native favorite and superior seed prevailed. Na won just six more total points than Lisicki did. The difference was taking advantage of four of five break points, while Lisicki converted only two of eight.
A slight upset came in the form of Petra Kvitova knocking off Sara Errani, despite dropping a long tiebreaker 9-7.
The seesaw match saw 19 breaks of serve, with Kvitova emerging with her 23rd three-set win of the 2013 season, per the WTA:
Agnieszka Radwanska was the top seed on the court, and cruised to an easy, straight-sets win over promising American teenager Madison Keys, who isn't quite ready to stack up against that elite of an opponent.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. Fernando Verdasco; 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
No. 3 David Ferrer def. Marinko Matosevic; 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Richard Gasquet def. Bernard Tomic; 7-6 (2), 6-4
Sam Querrey def. No. 6 Stanislas Wawrinka; 6-3, 7-6 (2)
There was no shortage of drama in Beijing for the men's side in Round of 16 play.
Top seed Novak Djokovic dropped the second set after struggling to win the opening one against Fernando Verdasco, but recovered to win the decisive third frame 6-2.
David Ferrer dropped the opening set to unseeded upstart Marinko Matosevic, which is just about the best the underdog could have hoped for. The cream rose to the top of the crop when Ferrer dominated the next two sets in dropping only three total games.
Bernard Tomic couldn't knock off the supremely fit Richard Gasquet, who survived a first-set tiebreaker and a tense second set but managed to advance.
The most notable development of the day was the play of Sam Querrey.
He upset No. 6 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who made it all the way to the U.S. Open semifinals and lost to Djokovic in five sets less than a month ago.
Strong serving was the difference for Querrey, who won 27 of 28 first-serve points and he did well to capitalize on three of four break points against his powerful opponent.
No. 1 Serena Williams def. Maria Kirilenko; 7-5, 7-5
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska def. Polona Hercog; 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki def. No. 11 Sloane Stephens; 6-3, 6-1
No. 7 Angelique Kerber def. No. 10 Roberta Vinci; 6-2, 6-4
No. 8 Jelena Jankovic def. No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro; 6-0, 6-0
Lucie Safarova def. Andrea Petkovic; 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2)
Unlike the men's draw, the women are playing things out more according to plan.
Every higher seed won her match on Thursday over lower-seeded and unseeded opponents, and none of the fixtures were particularly close.
World No. 1 Serena Williams had the most difficulty of all, though that's not saying much. Williams played a quality match against unseeded Maria Kirilenko, who played brilliant tennis but could not manage to grab a set off Williams in spite of that.
Former top-ranked player Caroline Wozniacki destroyed Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-1 in the most surprising, lopsided outcome of the day.
Wozniacki converted five of 14 break point chances and won 63 percent of her second-serve points, compared to just 39 for Stephens. The Danish star will face Williams in the quarterfinals.
Agnieszka Radwanska dropped only two games in her cruise control creaming of Polona Hercog, and Jelena Jankovic didn't drop any in trouncing Carla Suarez Navarro.
The most competitive showdown was between Lucie Safarova, who needed three sets and two tiebreakers to knock off Andrea Petkovic.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. Sam Querrey; 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. Fabio Fognini; 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 Richard Gasquet def. No. 3 David Ferrer; 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Tomas Berdych def. No. 8 John Isner; 7-5, 6-2
The quarterfinals of the 2013 China Open went about as expected, although Richard Gasquet managed to pull off a bit of an upset.
The Frenchman was just 2-8 all time against his Spanish opponent going into this one, but put together a solid performance to pull away with a victory. He now advances to the semifinals of this epic tournament to take on top-seeded Novak Djokovic.
Nole easily moved past American Sam Querrey in straight sets and continues to look like the favorite to win this event.
If all goes to plan, the Djoker will meet with Rafael Nadal in the finals, although the Spaniard looked vulnerable against Fabio Fognini.
Rafa needed to rally after dropping the initial set against his Italian opponent, but managed to with a ton at stake.
According to the Associated Press (via USA Today), the King of Clay has a chance of regaining the No. 1 spot in the rankings if he can reach the finals this weekend.
Nadal will first have to get past Tomas Berdych, who ground out a tough first set against John Isner before handily vanquishing him in the second to advance to the semifinals.
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki; 6-1, 6-4
No. 9 Petra Kvitova def. No. 4 Li Na; 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 8 Jelena Jankovic def. Lucie Safarova; 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4
No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska def. No. 7 Angelique Kerber; 7-6(7), 6-4
Much like the men’s side, the women’s quarterfinals went according to seed with one notable exception.
Petra Kvitova, the No. 9 seeded competitor in the 2013 China Open, managed to upset the local hero and No. 4 seed, Li Na. The former Wimbledon winner outlasted Na in a back-and-forth, three set battle.
Top-ranked favorite Serena Williams maintained the status quo with a shellacking of No. 6-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
The American won in straight sets to move on the semifinals to face Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated Angelique Kerber in a tough matchup.
Jelena Jankovic will match up with Kvitova after her come-from-behind thriller against Lucie Safarova.
No. 8 Jelena Jankovic defeated No. 9 Petra Kvitova, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1 Serena Williams defeated No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated No. 5 Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 4 Tomas Berdych, 4-2, retired.
While the finals of the top tennis tournaments always steal the headlines, many of the greatest matches fans will ever see happen during the semifinals of a tournament like the 2013 ATP and WTA China Open.
On the women’s side, No. 1 seed and American star Serena Williams has shown no signs of slowing down after beating No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-2. Williams will go on to play No. 8 seed Jelena Jankovic in the final Sunday after Jankovic beat No. 9 see Petra Kvitova, 6-1, 6-1.
The men’s side will feature another chapter in the storied feud between No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and the world’s new No. 1 men’s tennis player Rafael Nadal, according to ESPN.
Djokovic took down No. 5 seed Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-2, but it was Nadal’s victory over No. 4 Tomas Berdych via retirement that should have him fully rested for the final. With less wear on his body, Nadal has a good chance to beat Djokovich Sunday.
A great mixture of men’s and women’s matchups has built serious excitement heading into Sunday’s two finals.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated No. 2 Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-4.
While Rafael Nadal may be the new No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world when the rankings come out Monday, it was No. 1 tournament seed Novak Djokovic that won the 2013 ATP China Open in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Djokovic was the No. 1 male player in the world before it was announced Nadal would take that position, and his victory in the final adds even more intrigue to the rivalry between these two men.
Sunday’s win was Djokovic’s fourth at the China Open.
Using his speed and height to his advantage along the baseline, Sunday’s champion forced Nadal to his limit and constantly kept the Spaniard off balance. Nadal is one of the greatest stars the sport has ever seen, but he was thoroughly outplayed by Djokovic in the final.
The powerful serve and experience of Nadal kept him in this matchup, but the 6-3, 6-4 final score was much more one-sided than the numbers indicate. There was no doubt that Djokovic was the better player Sunday.
No. 1 Serena Williams defeated No. 8 Jelena Jankovic, 6-2, 6-2.
There is no better female tennis player in the world than American legend Serena Williams, and she proved her dominance of the sport once again by defeating No. 8 seed Jelena Jankovic, 6-2, 6-2 and capturing the 2013 WTA China Open title.
Williams leaned on her powerful serve Sunday and throughout the tournament. She continued to use her incredible power advantage to keep Jankovic and her opponents from developing any real offense.
Even when Jankovic was able to mount a return attack on Williams, the American’s speed along the baseline and her accuracy put her opponent off balance all game. While Jankovic deserves immense credit for making the final, it was clear that Williams was the class of the field.
The world’s No. 1 women’s player proved her dominance in a pressure situation once again, and her spot as the best in the sport is safe.