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- Top Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Vesnina, Timea Babos
- Defending Champion: Agnieszka Radwanska
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TIANJIN, CHINA – Agnieszka Radwanska returns to defend her title, newly crowned as the China Open champion once more, and in great form.
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Right now everything is coming up roses (or more truthfully over-size gilded trophies and what looks like a stuffed M&M)! Radwanska is hitting some sold form as she gears up to defend the biggest title of her career to date in Singapore.
The next step for her is to defend the International title in Tianjin but she can expect a lot of support for her potential quarter-final opponent in Zhang Shuai but it would be hard not to see her advance deep here, if not lift the trophy en route to Singapore.
After such a big run and battle with Dominika Cibulkova in Wuhan, her quarter-final exit to Madison Keys saw her position in the running for Singapore take a hit. She dropped to 11th place, and even if she pushes all the way to the title, she cannot catch current 9th place Cibulkova.
She might still be able to put herself in contention for an alternate – it will be a straight battle between her and Carla Suárez Navarro, who is just 62 points ahead of her in the race. Her potential banana skin, assuming she passes through her opener is Yaroslava Shvedova, who has had some good results on the Asian swing.
 Elena Vesnina
Another player in the frame for Zhuhai for the singles, Vesnina should be set to make it further than just the second round this time out. The Asian swing did not seem to yield much for Vesnina last year, and has done her no favours this time around either with a first round exit in Beijing to her Road to Singapore doubles partner Ekaterina Makarova.
She is in a section of the draw loaded with qualifiers but could face Monica Puig in the quarter-finals and could struggle to handle the Puerto Rican’s power.
 Timea Babos
Despite no back to back wins in the Asian swing this far, Babos will have some high hopes of at least making the quarter-finals. She hit a career high in September, and can be a tricky opponent across the net on her day, and should have the experience and fire power to see her at least defend last year’s points.
The Tianjin Open takes place between 10-16 October.
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