By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Elina Svitolina, Sam Stosur, Caroline Garcia, Anastasija Sevastova
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Moving from Kaohsiung in its inaugural edition, the Taiwan Open moves to Taipei City.
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Svitolina was actually a solid dark horse pick for the start of the year. She had finished the year at quite a clip as the runner up in the Zhuhai final, before a run to the semi-final of Brisbane, where she picked off then World No. 1 Angelique Kerber for good measure. But she ended her run far earlier than expected in the third round against an in-form Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Shelby Rogers might be a tricky quarter-final prospect – she sent St Petersburg top seed Simona Halep packing in the Australian Open first round.
With the best will in the world, it has been a disastrous start to the year for the Aussie. From Sydney to Melbourne whether it be the pressure of playing to a home crowd, although we can’t complain too much as our very own Heather Watson managed to oust her in the Australian Open first round.
She might face Francesca Schiavone in the second round and if she ends up with Katerina Siniakova, as a quarter-final opponent, she could have her hands full after the youngster started the year well winning her first title in Shenzhen although she too stumbled in her opener in Melbourne.
The Frenchwoman only came back to the tour for the start of the Australian Open, missing the warm-up in Sydney withdrawing with a back injury. Although she picked up a couple of rounds in the singles, she had more success in the doubles, reaching the semi-finals.
Despite a run to the US Open quarter-final last year, the end of last year fizzled out for the Latvian with no back to back wins until the Australian Open, where she reached the third round.
She played the inaugural edition of this tournament, reaching the quarter-finals and losing to the eventual champion Venus Williams, who has opted for St Petersburg this week instead.
The Taiwan Open takes place between 30 January to 5 February.
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