Maria Sharapova def. Petra Kvitova 6-4 2-6 6-3
Sharapova proves her doubters wrong by defeating the Tokyo and Wuhan title holders in succession. The Russian slugged through a dramatic but erroneous match to win her first Beijing title and claims the number 2 spot from Simona Halep. This is Sharapova's 4th title of the year and first that is non-clay. She shows that she still has it on hard courts, and erases her bad run of form since Roland Garros. Kvitova cannot be too disappointed with herself though, as she had a nice winning streak before this, and was so close in the end. Both players will be the huge favourites going into Singapore, with Serena and Simona under an injury cloud. Well done Maria!