The 2019 edition of the WTA China Open starts today at the impressive National Tennis Centre in Beijing, China. It will be the 16th edition of the tournament, which is ranked as a Premier Mandatory event in the WTA calendar.
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Impossible mission for Caroline Wozniacki?
Last year’s winner, Caroline Wozniacki, seems to an impossible mission in Beijing, trying to defend her title and 1000 ranking points earned last year. She had a very bad season, reaching (and losing) one final and also dropping out of the Top 10. Ranked #18 at the moment and also seeded last (#16th), Caroline will face a qualifier in the first round.
If she goes through the first round, she will encounter Kuznetsova, then Pliskova, Ostapenko or Siniakova. Not an easy run for a player who’s out of shape.
Wozniacki is in danger of dropping 10-15 places in the rankings if she’s gonna make an early exit in Beijing. Her chances to defend the title are also pretty slim.
Top Seeds and Favourites at the WTA China Open 2019
The #1 seed Ashleigh Barty, the surprise winner of Roland Garros, has had a steady form since she snatched her first Grand Slam title. However, it’s not her who seems to be the favourite this year, but Bianca Andreescu. After all, the Canadian seems to be the most in-form player at the moment. Even though she did not play after the epic win at the US Open 2019, Bianca is surely on top form.
Let’s take a look at the top seeds for WTA China Open 2019:
- Ashleigh Barty
- Karolina Pliskova
- Elina Svitolina
- Naomi Osaka
- Bianca Andreescu
- Simona Halep
- Petra Kvitova
- Kiki Bertens
As you can see, there are a lot of players with big chances at the title. However, some of them already showed a poor shape lately (Halep, Kvitova, Bertens, Osaka), while Svitolina, Barty, Pliskova and Andreescu seem to be on a steady form.
However, it will be interesting to see who will prevail in the last big WTA tournament before the WTA Finals – which will be also played in China in the upcoming seasons.
WTA China 2019 Prize Money Breakdown
The China Open is the third most generous tournament in terms of prize money after Indian Wells and Miami. The total prize money for the 2019 edition stands at $8,285,274, above the Madrid Open.
The winner will cash in $1,523,265 (and 1000 ranking points), while the runner-up will go home with $762,265 (and 650 WTA points). For reaching the second round, each player will receive $41,625 and 65 ranking points.
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Here’s the list of available matches (previews include statistics and prediction) from the WTA China Open: