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Kuznetsova into top five after Beijing victory

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  • Sixth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova moves into the top five in the world
  • Kuznetsova defeats 12th-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska in Beijing final
  • The French Open champion secures a 6-2 6-4 victory to claim the China Open
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(CNN) -- Sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova has moved into the top five in the world after beating Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets in the final of the China Open in Beijing.

Kuznetsova celebrates moving into the top five in the world rankings with victory in Beijing.

Kuznetsova celebrates moving into the top five in the world rankings with victory in Beijing.

The Russian French Open final Kuznetsova used her powerful ground strokes and extra experience to beat the 12th-seeded Pole 6-2 6-4.

Kuznetsova, who defeated Radwanska earlier this year en route to the title at Roland Garros, dominated the first set -- breaking the 20-year-old three times and running her around the court with her penetrating ground strokes.

In the second, the 24-year-old Russian -- who won here in 2006 -- also went up an early break and never looked back, hitting difficult angles from the baseline and easily serving out the match.

"Normally I feel tired at the end of the season but now I feel great," Kuznetsova told reporters, adding the win had given her "great confidence" heading into the season-ending championship in Doha later this month.

The win at the combined ATP/WTA event ensures that Kuznetsova, currently world number six, will move into the top five when the new WTA rankings come out on Monday.

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