China Open (tennis)
|2012 China Open (tennis)|
|Venue||National Tennis Center (2009–present)
Beijing Tennis Center (2004–2008)
|Surface||Hard / Outdoors|
|ATP World Tour|
|Draw||32S / 16D|
The China Open (formerly the Beijing Salem Open) is an annual professional tennis tournament held in Beijing, China. The men's singles and doubles events were first held in 1993, the year in which the Qatar Open and Dubai Tennis Championships were also introduced to the men's tour, as the ATP opened a series of new tournaments in Asia.
In 1998, the tournament was dropped from the ATP tour calendar, but was reinstated in 2004, the same year as the WTA Tour women's singles and doubles events, previously held in Shanghai, were moved to Beijing.
Michael Chang and Novak Djokovic are the only men to have won the singles competition more than once, both having won three times each. Chang holds the record for consecutive wins with three titles. In doubles, the Bryan Brothers are the only doubles pair to have won consecutive titles.
Past finals 
Men's Singles 
|2012||Novak Djokovic||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||7–6(7–4), 6–2|
|2011||Tomáš Berdych||Marin Čilić||3–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|2010||Novak Djokovic||David Ferrer||6–2, 6–4|
|2009||Novak Djokovic||Marin Čilić||6–2, 7–6(7–4)|
|2008||Andy Roddick||Dudi Sela||6–4, 6–7(6–8), 6–3|
|2007||Fernando González||Tommy Robredo||6–1, 3–6, 6–1|
|2006||Marcos Baghdatis||Mario Ančić||6–4, 6–0|
|2005||Rafael Nadal||Guillermo Coria||5–7, 6–1, 6–2|
|2004||Marat Safin||Mikhail Youzhny||7–6(7–4), 7–5|
|1997||Jim Courier||Magnus Gustafsson||7–6(12–10), 3–6, 6–3|
|1996||Greg Rusedski||Martin Damm||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|1995||Michael Chang||Renzo Furlan||7–5, 6–3|
|1994||Michael Chang||Anders Järryd||7–5, 7–5|
|1993||Michael Chang||Greg Rusedski||7–6(7–5), 6–7(6–8), 6–4|
Marcus Baghdatis, the third seed, beat Mario Ančić, the fourth seed, in the final of the 2006 China Open. Both the first seed, Ivan Ljubičić, and the second seed, Nikolay Davydenko, were knocked out in the second round. The two retirements from this tournament was Ivo Karlović with a problem with his left knee, and Nikolay Davydenko who had a virus.
Marat Safin, the fifth seed, beat the unseeded Mikhail Youzhny in the 2004 final. Mikhail had between fourth seed Rainer Schüttler, eight seed Dominik Hrbatý, and sixth seed Paradorn Srichaphan on his way to the final. Another seed that was knocked out early on was Carlos Moyà, the top seed, who has defeated by qualifier Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round.
Jim Courier, the top seed for the tournament, beat Magnus Gustafsson in the 1997 final. In the first round there were knock outs for two seeded players. Second seed Mark Woodforde was beaten by Kenneth Carlsen in straight sets, and eighth seed Richey Reneberg was beaten by Ján Krošlák.
Unseeded Greg Rusedski beat unseeded Martin Damm in the 1997 final. On his way Greg had defeated Andrei Olhovskiy, Jean Philippe-Fleurian, Gustavo Kuerten, and fourth seed Byron Black. Martin, though, defeated in the first round top seed Michael Chang, then Scott Draper and finally Thomas Johansson.
Top seed Michael Chang defeated second seed Renzo Furlan in the 1995 final. The only surprise in that year's tournament was that unseeded Dick Norman beat seventh seed Michael Tebbutt. It was the third year in a row that Michael had won this open.
In the first China Open Michael Chang beat Greg Rusedski. Chang, the number one seed, defeated the unseeded Rusedski by 7–6, 6–7, 6–1. On his way to the final Greg beat eighth seed Jamie Morgan, second seed Magnus Gustafsson and fourth seed Brad Gilbert.
Men's Doubles 
Women Singles 
|2012||Victoria Azarenka||Maria Sharapova||6–3, 6–1|
|2011||Agnieszka Radwańska||Andrea Petkovic||7–5, 0–6, 6–4|
|2010||Caroline Wozniacki||Vera Zvonareva||6–3, 3–6, 6–3|
|2009||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Agnieszka Radwańska||6–2, 6–4|
|2008||Jelena Janković||Svetlana Kuznetsova||6–3, 6–2|
|2007||Ágnes Szávay||Jelena Janković||6–7(7–9), 7–5, 6–2|
|2006||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Amélie Mauresmo||6–4, 6–0|
|2005||Maria Kirilenko||Anna-Lena Grönefeld||6–3, 6–4|
|2004||Serena Williams||Svetlana Kuznetsova||4–6, 7–5, 6–4|
In the 2008 final, top seeded Jelena Janković beat fourth seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova. Janković saved two set points in her quarterfinal with Daniela Hantuchová and defeated Vera Zvonareva in three sets in her semifinal, while Kuznetsova got past China's Zheng Jie in two tight sets in the last four.
In the 2007 final, sixth seed Ágnes Szávay beat top seed Jelena Janković, after Janković served for the match twice in the 2nd set. Szávay had defeated Shuai Peng in the semis, after Peng had defeated Martina Hingis and Amélie Mauresmo.
In the 2005 final, unseeded Maria Kirilenko beat the ninth seed Anna-Lena Grönefeld. Anna-Lena was filling in for second seed Lindsay Davenport after she pulled out of that year's tournament. Another top seed to pull out was number one seed Maria Sharapova. She was injured in her semi-final match against Maria Kirilenko.
Top seed Serena Williams beat second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first WTA China Open. In the semi-finals, Serena beat fourth seed Vera Zvonareva, and Svetlana beat Maria Sharapova, who was the third seed in this tournament.
Women's Doubles 
|2012|| Ekaterina Makarova
| Nuria Llagostera Vives
|2011|| Květa Peschke
| Gisela Dulko
|2010|| Olga Govortsova
| Gisela Dulko
|6–7(2–7), 6–1, [10–7]|
|2009|| Hsieh Su-Wei
| Alla Kudryavtseva
|2008|| Anabel Medina Garrigues
| Han Xinyun
|2007|| Chuang Chia-jung
| Han Xinyun
|2006|| Virginia Ruano Pascual
| Anna Chakvetadze
|2005|| Nuria Llagostera Vives
| Yan Zi
|2004|| Emmanuelle Gagliardi
| Gisela Dulko
- Mercedes Benz
- China Life
- Sony Mobile
- China CITIC Bank
- Harvest Fund
- China Central Television
- Interncontinental Hotel, Beijing
See also