Maria Sharapova claimed her first title since returning from her doping ban, as she battled back from stuttering starts in both sets to beat Aryna Sabalenka in the Tianjin Open final.
Radwanska On Track In Tianjin
Maria Sharapova is on course to win her first WTA title since serving a 15 month drugs ban for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.
The former five times Grand Slam winner and world number one is in the final of the WTA Tianjin Open after beating Shuai Peng 6-3 6-1 in her semi-final.
Maria Sharapova swatted aside Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour at the Tianjin Open on Friday to reach her second semi-final since returning from a 15-month doping ban.
Sharapova was broken in the first game but fought back to draw level before going on to take the first set with a hold to love.
Maria Sharapova reached her third quarter-final of the year at the Tianjin Open with a straight-sets victory over Magda Linette on Thursday.
The five-time grand slam champion, soundly beaten by new world number one Simona Halep in the China Open last week, saw off Linette 7-5 6-3 to move into the last eight.
Maria Sharapova made an impressive start to the Tianjin Open on Wednesday, beating Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets.
Seeded ninth, Begu loomed as a tricky first-round opponent for Sharapova, but the former world No 1 from Russia swept to a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Petra Kvitova was a surprise early casualty at the Tianjin Open on Wednesday as the tournament finally got underway after two days of persistent rain.
Play on Monday and Tuesday was washed out in China meaning a hectic schedule on day three, and Kvitova's 6-4 5-7 6-4 exit at the hands of Lin Zhu was the biggest shock.
Agnieszka Radwanska stunned Tianjin when she withdrew from the tournament with a right thigh injury - shortly after showing just why she was the top seed.
The defending champion had taken Evgeniya Rodina apart, 6-1, 6-1, to progress to the quarterfinals, where she was to face Peng Shuai.
The Chinese wildcard had earlier beaten qualifier Chang Kai-Chen of Taipei 6-3, 6-2.
Agnieszka Radwanska ended the breakthrough run of WTA Rising Star Danka Kovinic to win the 16th WTA title of her career at the Tianjin Open and book her ticket to Singapore.
Radwanska didn't drop a set all week and that pattern continued in the final, as the No.2-seeded Pole broke five times - and was never broken herself - to race past Kovinic in just 58 minutes, 6-1, 6-2.
Agnieszka Radwanska beat Karolina Pliskova to reach the Tianjin Open final and get within one win of qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
No.2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska was ruthless in her second round match at the Tianjin Open, sweeping aside hometown favorite Wang Qiang, 6-1, 6-1. Hoping to nab one of the four remaining spots for the WTA Finals in Singapore, the Pole won 75% of her first serve points and saved all five break points faced to capture the win in just under an hour.