By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens, Kristyna Pliskova, Sorana Cirstea
  • British Interest: Heather Watson, Katy Dunne (Qualifying)
  • Defending Champion: Lara Arruabarrena
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SEOUL, KOREA – French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko heads up the field, with British interest in Heather Watson and Katy Dunne.



Korea Open Draw & Results

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Order of Play


[1] Jelena Ostapenko

There was keen interest to see how Ostapenko performed at her subsequent Slams after her win at the French Open this year. While she acquitted herself pretty well at Wimbledon, reaching the quarter-final her US hard-court swing was pretty disappointing, with first round exits in Toronto and Cincinnati and just a couple of rounds under her belt at the US Open.

She has very little to defend in Asia this year – she was out in her openers in Wuhan and Beijing last year, and makes her debut in Korea with plenty of chances to pick up some points.


[2] Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens – 2017 WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

With all her tour titles and indeed her best results this year coming on the clay, Bertens makes her return to sould for the first time in a couple of years. She made the quarter-finals on her debut in 2012.

Given the inconsistency in her results last year, she ducked out of the Asian swing last year, instead coming back for the closing European events.


[3] Kristyna Pliskova

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While Karolina will be doing the honours in Tokyo in the premier event, the other Pliskova comes off just one win in the International edition of the event, and a fairly nondescript season on the US hard-courts. Last year she picked up the title in Dalian by way of a retirement in the final before exiting in her Seoul opener.

She had more luck in the European swing to end the year, so will be looking to pick up some points this time around.


[4] Sorana Cirstea

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So far the summer hard-courts have not exactly been Cirstea’s friend. Despite some good results in Toronto qualifying she exited in the opening round, losing to Ostapenko in the second round of the US Open as she makes her return to the tour.

She has not been back to Seoul since losing in her opener back in 2009 so anything here will be a bonus.


The Korea Open take place between 18-24 September.

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