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China Open: Nadal defeats Kyrgios, Garcia beats Halep

Beijing: World number one Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-1 in the China Open final to win his sixth title of the season.

Australian Kyrgios began well but lost his way after he became frustrated by a line call in the first set in Beijing.
The temperamental world number 19 continued to let the incident bother him and later received a one-point penalty for continuing to complain.
French and US Open winner Nadal won nine games in a row on his way to reclaiming the trophy he won in 2005.
The two players looked set for a tight contest as Kyrgios battled to fend off five break points in his opening service game. But having been angered by a line call, the Australian proceeded to complain to the umpire at two changes of end, which eventually cost him a penalty point at the start of the eighth game.
Spaniard Nadal clinched his second break to take the first set, and despite a spirited response from Kyrgios, there was no stopping the 31-year-old.
t the Japan Open in Tokyo, David Goffin captured his second ATP title in a week with victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.
The Belgian fourth seed, fresh from his victory at the Shenzhen Open, beat the Frenchman 6-3 7-5 in one hour and 24 minutes.
Goffin has now moved into the final automatic qualification spot for next month's ATP finals in London.
Meanwhile, France's Caroline Garcia beat new world number one Simona Halep to win the China Open and overtake Briton Johanna Konta in the race for Singapore.
Unseeded Garcia edged Romanian Halep 6-4 7-6 (7-3) for her second successive title after victory at the
Wuhan Open.
She hit 17 winners and saved nine break points in the second set to move into the eighth and final qualifying spot for the tour finals.
Konta must now reach the final in Moscow to have a chance of overtaking.
Britain's Konta will play in the Kremlin Cup, which begins on 16 October, but Garcia has put herself in pole position with a hard-fought victory over Halep.
Halep moved to the top of the world rankings following her semi-final victory over Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday, and broke Garcia in the first game of the final.
But Garcia immediately broke back, before battling to take a tight first set.
Halep then wasted countless opportunities in the second before her final shot in the tie-break sailed well wide to hand Garcia the title.
As a result of winning the title in Beijing - a week after winning the autumn's other big event in Wuhan - Caroline Garcia has now moved 185 points clear of Jo Konta in the eighth and final qualifying position for the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Konta is not playing this coming week, and although Garcia plays again (as the top seed in Tianjin, she has drawn wild card Maria Sharapova in the first round), the race will definitely go to the final week of the season. Konta is due to play the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Garcia is not currently entered, but is very likely to be offered a wildcard if she requests one.
Either way, Konta must now reach the Moscow final to have any chance of making her debut in Singapore. And remember, she has lost in the first round of her last four tournaments.
If not, she will be first alternate, so there is always the possibility she could still get into the draw if one of the top eight picks up a serious injury in the next two weeks.

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