Istomin clinches Chengdu Open

Marcos Baghdatis retired in agony from the final of the Chengdu Open on Sunday after suffering severe back spasms, handing the title to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

Istomin was leading 3-2 in the first set when the Cypriot collapsed on the court and was unable to continue.

Baghdatis had to be helped carefully back to his seat, where he buried his head in his towel.

“I was feeling a bit of pain in my back during the week, but late after my match last night I felt some spasms,” said the 32-year-old.

Goffin triumphs

It was seventh time lucky for David Goffin after the Belgian beat Alexandr Dolgopolov over three sets to win the Shenzhen Open on Sunday.

The 26-year-old produced a determined display against the Ukrainian Dolgopolov to seal the title 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in just over two hours in southern China.

Wozniacki seals spot

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki became the sixth player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, the WTA said on Sunday.

The Dane, who defended her Pan Pacific title in Tokyo last week and reached six other finals this year, joins Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina and Venus Williams in Singapore with two spots left.

Wozniacki had a fright against a local favourite before she composed herself to go through 6-1, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1 against Qiang Wang at the China Open.

The tournament claimed its first high-profile victims on Sunday with Britain’s Johanna Konta and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia falling to surprise defeats in the first round.

The sixth seed Konta appeared woefully short of confidence in getting thrashed by Romania’s unseeded Monica Niculescu 6-1, 6-2. Konta exited soon after Kuznetsova was beaten by Lara Arruabarren 6-7 (2/7), 7-5, 6-1.

Also through is reigning China Open champion Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated the German qualifier Carina Witthoeft 7-5, 6-3.

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