Agnieszka Radwanska collected her 20th career WTA title after a dominant 6-4 6-2 victory over Britain's Johanna Konta in the China Open final on Sunday.
Konta impressed in reaching her second final of the season, climbing into the world's top 10 in the process, but was powerless to stop 2011 champion Radwanska sweeping her aside in Beijing.
"Whenever I felt I could have got a little bit of a foothold in the match, she took it away from me", Konta said. "I'm very pleased with my progress over the last two years". I enjoy working hard and playing matches like these.
The Brit struggled against her more powerful opponent and eventually succumbed to defeat in straight sets in Beijing.
On her part, Keys rued her missed opportunities and has accepted a wildcard into the Linz tournament to try and secure qualification for Singapore. Add in her improved serve and Radwanska is extremely tough to beat at this very moment.
"Even if I got broken, I just felt I needed to keep persevering and I'd get my chance". I tried to exhaust all avenues possible. I just trying not to go too much.
Johanna Konta became the first British player in 32 years to break into the WTA top-10 after reaching the Beijing final with a hard-fought 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Madison Keys Saturday.
Virginia Wade and Sue Barker are the other British females to have been ranked in the world's top 10.
Konta is on course to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore so Sunday's showdown with Radwanska would be the flawless test of her credentials.
Konta and the plus money is intriguing, but Radwanska should win this match given her current form.
She said: "Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments".
A run to the fourth round of the U.S. Open meant she ended a year ago inside the top 50 and her progress has continued apace, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and earning her first WTA title at Stanford.