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  • Top Seeds: Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova
  • Defending Champion: Agnieszka Radwanska
  • British Interest: Johanna Konta [6], Heather Watson (Qualies)
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BEIJING, CHINA – The Porsche Race to Singapore still has a few more twists and turns to go, as Britain’s Johanna Konta looks for form.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level Premier Mandatory
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 64
Doubles Draw 32
Prize Money $6,381,679
Top seeds Garbiñe Muguruza [1]

Simona Halep [2]

Elina Svitolina [3]

Karolina Pliskova [4]

Caroline Wozniacki [5]

Johanna Konta [6]

Svetlana Kuznetsova [7]

Dominika Cibulkova [8]

Top Half Garbiñe Muguruza [1]

Caroline Wozniacki [5]

Elina Svitolina [3]

Dominika Cibulkova [8]

Bottom Half Johanna Konta [6]

Karolina Pliskova [4]

Svetlana Kuznetsova [7]

Simona Halep [2]

 

Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

[1] Garbiñe Muguruza

Muguruza looked as though she had shaken that voodoo of not really getting up for the regular tour, something we saw straight after she reached the Wimbledon final the first time, and the after winning the French Open. Yet this time, she came back to the court with a sense of purpose.

That being said, it still was maybe an earlier than expected loss in the quarter-finals to this year’s French Open champion, but Beijing will hold some good memories for Muguruza, where she won the title in 2015, and since then she has been unbeaten in finals.

It is a potentially tricky quarter for her – she could face Coco Vandeweghe in the third round, and either Petra Kvitova or Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-final. The Czech has won the last three of their meetings and Wozniacki humbled the Spaniard in the Tokyo semi-final for the loss of only two games.

 

[2] Simona Halep

Simona Halep © Jimmie48 Photography

Perhaps the most charitable think we can say about Halep on her return was that she was ‘a little’ rusty. Pretty much battered off the court by Daria Kasatkina, while Halep is assured of her spot in Singapore, there is a lot of work to do to rebuild her fraying confidence.

She has a good record against her potential third round opponent Anastasija Sevastova, and pretty even head to heads against her likely quarter-finalists – either Svetlana Kuznetsova or defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska. A lot depends on where her confidence is at.

 

[3] Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Elina Svitolina (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

It has been a long lay off for Svitolina, who makes her return to the tour for the first time since exiting the US Open in the fourth round. She must surely fancy her chances in the third round against the struggling Kristina Mladenovic who can’t buy a win these days, but she could face either Angelique Kerber or Dominika Cibulkova by the time the quarter-finals rolls around.

Both are a lot more match-tight than the Ukrainian at the moment so it could be a challenge.

 

[4] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova, WTA Toronto, Rogers Cup

Karolina Pliskova © Jimmie48 Photography

It is difficult to sometimes know where Pliskova’s head is at. She lost to an inspired Ashleigh Barty in Wuhan and rarely for Pliskova allowed herself to be quite riled by a decision. Since losing the No. 1 ranking, Pliskova has parted company with coach David Kotyza and is going it alone until next season.

She is set to face US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who also had a shaky come-back in Wuhan, and the quarter-finals could be an equally perplexing Jelena Ostapenko or Johanna Konta who is herself in dire need os some consistency and wins.

The China Open takes place between 30 September – 8 October


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