Sania Mirza won her second title in a row as she lifted the China Open trophy with Cara Black, demolishing the challenge of Vera Dushevina and Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets, here on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal will return to No. 1 in the world rankings after his semifinal opponent Tomas Berdych retired injured at the ATP and WTA China Open on Saturday, capping an astonishing comeback for the 13-time Grand Slam champion.
The Spaniard needed to make the final in Beijing to edge ahead of Novak Djokovic in the new rankings, which will be announced by the ATP on Monday.
The second seed will now confront Djokovic on Sunday after the defending champion powered his way past France’s Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2.
The results: Men: Semifinals: Rafael Nadal bt Tomas Berdych 4-2 (Berdych retd. injured); Novak Djokovic bt Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: Semifinals: Fabio Fognini & Andreas Seppi bt Leander Paes & Daniel Nestor 6-3, 5-7, 8-10.
Women: Semifinals: Jelena Jankovic bt Petra Kvitova 6-7(7), 6-1, 6-1; Serena Williams bt Agnieszka Radwanska 6,2, 6-2. Doubles: Sania Mirza & Cara Black bt Vera Dushevina & Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-2.