By Ros Satar

  • Top Seeds: Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Naomi Osaka
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BEIJING, CHINA – With places still up for grabs in the Porsche Race to Shenzhen up for grabs, the tour gathers pace with a stacked field.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level Premier Mandatory
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 64
Doubles Draw 32
Prize Money $8,285,274
Top seeds Ashleigh Barty [1]

Karolina Pliskova [2]

Elina Svitolina [3]

Naomi Osaka [4]

Bianca Andreescu [5]

Simona Halep [6]

Petra Kvitova [7]

Kiki Bertens [8]

Top Half Ashleigh Barty [1]

Petra Kvitova [7]

Elina Svitolina [3]

Kiki Bertens [8]

Bottom Half Bianca Andreescu [5]

Naomi Osaka [4]

Simona Halep [6]

Karolina Pliskova [2]

 

Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

[1] Ashleigh Barty

It was a tired and tetchy looking Barty actually came back to the tour with a decent run, making the semi-final by maybe not playing the best tennis, and will no doubt need a long break at the end of the season.

She could be on her way to Shenzhen early – she has a losing record to everyone from the third round onwards, and in her last appearance Beijing a couple of years ago, she only made it to the second round. She might go one or two better this time around.

Barty’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Yulia Putintseva
  • R3: Sloane Stephens [13]
  • QF: Petra Kvitova [7]
  • SF: Elina Svitolina [3]
  • F: Karolina Pliskova [2]

 

[2] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova in the first round of Wimbledon 2019

Karolina Pliskova in the first round of Wimbledon 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

It has always been a mixed tournament for Pliskova, where she has either gone out early or had a couple of rounds, and coming off the Zhenghou title, she dropped out of Wuhan after just a couple of rounds.

On paper, she hits a bump in the road from the third round onwards.

Pliskova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Jelena Ostapenko [WC]
  • R2: Katerina Siniakova
  • R3: Caroline Wozniacki [16]
  • QF: Simona Halep [6]
  • SF: Naomi Osaka [4]
  • F: Ashleigh Barty [1]

 

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[3] Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina in the quarter-final of the US Open 2019, New York USA

Elina Svitolina in the quarter-final of the US Open 2019, New York USA | (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Surprisingly, given Svitolina’s general consistency, she has a tough couple of rounds with losing records against her first couple of opponents.

Sitting just outside the qualification for Shenzhen, the WTA Finals defending champ needs to pick up some good points here. With the likelihood of Serena Williams not going, she squeaks into the final spot, but would dearly love to guarantee her spot. With a first round exit last year, whatever wins she can pick up, should help.

Svitolina’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Anastasija Sevastova
  • R2: Wang Yafan
  • R3: Sofia Kenin [15]
  • QF: Kiki Bertens [8]
  • SF: Ashleigh Barty [1
  • F: Karolina Pliskova [2]

 

[4] Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka in the first round of the Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham 2019

Naomi Osaka in the first round of the Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

In the run up to the end of the season, it is Osaka that seems to have the charmed draw, and with semi-final points to defend, she looks to be sitting pretty at the moment in fifth place in the Porsche Race to Shenzhen.

Osaka’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Jessica Pegula
  • R2: Jill Teichmann
  • R3: Wang Qiang
  • QF: Bianca Andreescu [5]
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [2]

 

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