Agnieszka Radwanska didn’t drop a set all week as she won her second China Open title with a 6-4 6-2 victory in the final against Johanna Konta. It was a great tournament for Aga who had endured some disappointing losses in her last two tournaments but heads to Tianjin and following that, Singapore, with a boost of confidence. Also, kudos to Jo who puts her name firmly in the hunt for Singapore, currently at number eight. The Brit will debut in the top 10 in tomorrow’s rankings.
Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands are on a 16 (!) match winning streak and backed up their titles at the US Open and Wuhan with another one in Beijing… yay for Lucie and Beth! There’s no doubt that the pair will be the in-form team heading into the WTA Finals in Singapore.
A few wrap ups from Beijing – this cracks me up every time from Madison!
And love Jo’s reaction to not realising she had played Madison before!
The Race for the final three spots for Singapore will intensify next week with three International events in Linz, Hong Kong and Tianjin. Linz has a superb draw, the best for many years with Garbiñe Muguruza, Madison Keys and Dominika Cibulkova all taking late wildcards into the draw. There are some TOUGH openers with Cibulkova playing Belinda Bencic and Keys taking on Camila Giorgi OH MY GOD BRING HELMETS EVERYONE.
The final round of qualifying will take place on Monday with the likes of Kristyna Pliskova, Daniela Hantuchova and Oceané Dodin all hoping to reach the main draw. Four first round matches will take place with three seeds, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Kiki Bertens and Laura Siegemund all in action.
Hong Kong has some big draw names with Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and the Beijing finalist, Johanna Konta. I’m particularly intrigued to see Kerber v Sakkari in the first round. Kerber has already tweeted from Hong Kong so it looks like she is intending to play despite the leg injury that was bothering her in Beijing.
The six seeds in qualifying all won on Sunday to reach the main draw including Marina Erakovic, Aleksandra Krunic and Luksika Kumkhum. The draw is complete with qualifiers…
And finally, Tianjin has the weakest field but still plenty of intrigue. Radwanska and Svetlana Kuznetsova headline the field, which also includes Elena Vesnina, Timea Babos and Monica Puig. The stand-out of all the first round matches is without doubt, Yaroslava Shvedova against Naomi Osaka.
Shelby Rogers, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka all came through the final round of qualifying with H&H all set to play in the first round!