In a battle for the No.2 ranking and the big China Open WTA title with attractive $918,000 prize for the winner, fourth seed Maria Sharapova prevailed against third seed Petra Kvitova 6-4 2-6 6-3.
The match started with Kvitova’s momentum, as the last week’s Wuhan champion raced to a 3-1 lead by virtue of breaking Sharapova’s serve in the opening game. The Russian then took charge, leveled to 3-3, confirmed the lead with a hold and confidently went away with the set. However, she dropped serve three times in the second set and it was enough for Petra to turn into P3tra yet again. In the decider, Sharapova broke Kvitova in the second game, quickly boasting a 3-0 score, and even though Kvitova earned a break back, Sharapova was the stronger one and finished the match with a love serve.
Sporting her new Nike kit from the winter collection, the white Premier Maria Tank and a complementary silver skort with punch waist, Sharapova won her 33rd career title which, prior to Kvitova, included victories over Kaia Kanepi, Elina Svitolina, Carla Suarez Navarro, Svetlana Kuznetsova and ninth seed Ana Ivanovic.