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  • Top Seeds: Belinda Bencic, Aryna Sabalenka, Elise Mertens, Wang Qiang
  • Defending Champion: Aryna Sabalenka
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SHENZHEN, CHINA – Aryna Sabalenka returns to Shenzhen where she started last year with a win, and she has a decent record in China, having won the WTA Elite trophy at the end of last year.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA International
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $651,750
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Top seeds [1] Belinda Bencic

[2] Aryna Sabalenka

[3] Elise Mertens

[4] Wang Qiang

[5] Ekaterina Alexandrova

[6] Garbiñe Muguruza

[7] Elena Rybakina

[8] Zhang Shuai

Top Half [1] Belina Bencic

[6] Garbiñe Muguruza

[4] Wang Qiang

[5] Ekaterina Alexandrova

Bottom Half [7] Elena Rybakina

[3] Mertens

[8] Zhang Shuai

[2] Aryna Sabalenka

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Belinda Bencic

Bencic makes her debut in Shenzhen, after closing out her season by reaching the semi-finals of the WTA Finals. It was a busy end to the season with it coming down to the wire with her winning turn in Moscow, and she will look to start as strongly as she ended last year.

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

  • R1: Anna Blinkova | First meeting
  • R2: Zarina Diyas | H2H tied 1-1
  • QF: Garbiñe Muguruza [6] | H2H tied 1-1
  • SF: Wang Qiang [4] | First meeting
  • F: Aryna Sabalenka [2] | H2H tied 1-1

 

[2] Aryna Sabalenka

Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the Nature Valley International, WTA Eastbourne 2018

Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the Nature Valley International, WTA Eastbourne 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Defending champion Sabalenka seems to really come alive playing in Asia, although the season ended sadly for her with the sudden loss of her father Sergey.

Sabalenka’s path to the final is surprisingly evenly matched with no winning margin between either her or her prospective opponents. She ought to stand a good chance of mounting a solid title defence.

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

  • R1: Qualifier
  • R2: Kristina Pliskova | First meeting
  • QF: Zhang Shuai [8] | H2H tied 1-1
  • SF: Elise Mertens [3] | H2H tied 2-2
  • F: Belinda Bencic [1] | H2H tied 1-1

 

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[3] Elise Mertens

Elise Mertens in the quarter-final of the Western & Southern Open, WTA Cincinnati 2018

Elise Mertens in the quarter-final of the Western & Southern Open, WTA Cincinnati 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Mertens makes her debut in Shenzhen and has a few challenges on paper with losing head to heads in her early opposition and a little more evenly matched potentially from the semi-finals onwards.

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

  • R1: Lesia Tsurenko | Tsurenko leads H2H 1-0
  • R2: Sorana Cirstea | Cirstea leads H2H 2-0
  • QF: Elena Rybakina [7] | Rybakina leads H2H 2-0
  • SF: Aryna Sabalenka [2] | H2H tied 2-2
  • F: Belinda Bencic [1] | First meeting

 

[4] Wang Qiang

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Quirky home hope Wang had two great runs to the quarter-final in 2016 and 2017 but the last two years have been a bit tougher with first round exits. She has a 1-0 margin over her opening opponent and her potential finalist in defending champion Sabalenka, but every other potential match-up will be a first time meeting.

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

  • R1: Ons Jabeur | Wang leads H2H 1-0
  • R2: Aliaksandra Sasnovich | First meeting
  • QF: Ekaterina Alexandrova [5] | First meeting
  • SF: Belinda Bencic [1] | First meeting
  • F: Aryna Sabalenka [2] | Wang leads H2H 1-0

 

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The Shenzhen Open takes place 5-11 January (+8 hours)

 

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