By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Peng Shuai, Zhang Shuai, Anett Kontaveit, Lesia Tsurenko
- Defending Champion: Lesia Tsurenko
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GUANGZHOU, CHINA – The Chinese Nos. 1 & 2 come in to the Guangzhou fields on wildcards, while Lesia Tsurenko returns as the No. 4 seed to defend her title.
Guangzhou International Women’s Open Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
 Peng Shuai
The Chinese No. 1 comes in on a wildcard, as she looks to make a splash in Guangzhou. She has had an on and off relationship with the tournament, making the final back in 2008, but her most recent best was back in 2012 when she made the quarter-final.
She has had her best results at home this year, making the finals in Taipei and Zhengzhou and winning Nanchang but apart from the New Haven quarter-final, her US hard-court summer was disappointing.
 Zhang Shuai
The second placed Chinese player tails the brackets with another wildcard, as she bids to collect a second title here. The former 2013 champion endeared herself to many with her Slam run at Australia in 2016 where she finally won a main draw match.
She has not had the most consistent of years, dropping down the ITF Pro Circuit to get a run to a final in the summer before picking up a couple of wins here and there in the US hard-court swing.
 Anett Kontaveit
The Estonian has had a decent year, first impressing in Biel where she made her first tour level final, before coming through qualifying in Stuttgart to make the quarter-final, knocking out Garbiñe Muguruza along the way. She won her first title this year in ‘S-Hertogenbosch and added the Gstaad final to her highlights this year.
What was perhaps unexpected after such a stellar first part of the year was a very poor US hard-court swing with first round exits in Cincinnati, New Haven and the US Open. Last year she lost out to eventual champion Lesia Tsurenko, and will be hoping for a better run out this time around.
 Lesia Tsurenko
The defending champion is hoping to find some of the form that took her to the title here last year. She had a decent start to the year winning the Acapulco title and as mentioned has already clashed with No. 3 seed Kontaveit this year, if the European pair want to upset the home-crowd apple-cart, they could be set to meet once more.
She started the US swing pretty promisingly but ground to a bit of a halt after reaching the quarter-final and was pretty unimpressive for the rest of the swing.
The Guangzhou International Women’s Open takes place between 18-23 September
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