The WTA China Open 2023 draw – seeds, qualifiers, wildcards, and more

Did you know that the WTA China Open has already started for 2023? That’s right, the 2023 WTA China Open draw was conducted just a couple of days ago. And once it was completed, we knew that we were in for an absolute treat in Beijing. Naturally, with this event being a 1000-level tournament, you’ve got the game’s biggest superstars coming to China to put on a show and hopefully win the tournament. At the same time, the WTA China Open holds significant importance for the WTA Finals 2023.

WTA China Open Draw

For several of the top seeds, this event is an opportunity to qualify for the end-of-year finals, which is something that all players want to achieve. Anyway, all of that is secondary. So instead of looking to the future in terms of end-of-season finals or anything else, I’d like to share a closer look at the 2023 WTA China Open draw. Therefore, the sections below will identify the top WTA China Open seeds, who the qualifiers are, key matches to look out for, and more.

So – ready to join me on this trip through the WTA China Open draw for 2023? Let’s get started. 

2023 WTA China Open draw breakdown – comprehensive guide

Before I provide a comprehensive breakdown of the draw for this tournament, let me quickly give you a roadmap of what’s to come. As per the WTA China Open schedule for 2023, the main draw for this tournament will run from September 30th to October 8th. So this is the time period for which you can watch the world’s top players in action in Beijing. And with that cleared up, we can now move on to a full rundown of the 2023 WTA China Open draw. 

The top seeds

Since the draw consists of 64 players for the WTA China Open, there are subsequently 16 seeds in total. And as you would expect from a tournament of this grade, the bulk of the seeds are top 20 players as per the current WTA rankings. As for who these seeded players are and where they are placed in the WTA China Open draw, let me show you:

Top Half

  • Aryna Sabalenka (1)
  • Jessica Pegula (4)
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia (15)
  • Barbora Kjrejcikova (10)
  • Elena Rybakina (5)
  • Jelena Ostapenko (13)
  • Petra Kvitova (12)
  • Ons Jabeur (7)

Bottom Half

  • Iga Swiatek (2)
  • Coco Gauff (3)
  • Victoria Azarenka (14)
  • Marketa Vondrousova (8)
  • Caroline Garcia (9)
  • Daria Kasatkina (11)
  • Maria Sakkari (6)
  • Veronika Kudermetova (16)


Once again, due to the size of the draw for the WTA China Open, there are eight official qualifiers who have made it into the main draw. These qualifying matches were completed on Saturday, September 30th. And as a result, we know exactly who has made it at this point:

  • Peyton Stearns
  • Katie Boulter
  • Eva Lys
  • Mirra Andreeva
  • Magdalena Frech
  • Ashlyn Krueger
  • Kateryna Baindl
  • Yulia Putintseva 


For those who are interested, we have an entire breakdown of the WTA China Open wildcards for 2023. This page will track the wildcards throughout the tournament and keep you updated with their results. However, if you’d simply like to learn who the wildcards are for the WTA China Open, I’ve listed them for you below:

  • Sofia Kenin
  • Yue Yuan
  • Fangran Tian
  • Xiy Wang
  • Vera Zvonareva

Interesting matches

The first thing that everybody wants to know once the draw has been made for a major tournament is where the most interesting matches can be found. On that note, I’ve checked out each section of the WTA China Open draw. Following my analysis of the draw, I’ve been able to create a list of some of the most interesting matches to look out for over the coming days: 

  • Sabalenka vs Kenin – Round 1
  • Sherif vs Kasatkina – Round 1
  • Gauff vs Alexandrova – Round 1
  • Vondrousova vs Kalinina – Round 1

FAQs – WTA China Open draw 2023

Of the confirmed players, who has the best chances of winning the tournament?

There are several players with a strong chance of winning the tournament, in my opinion. These players are Aryna Sabalenka, Jessica Pegula, Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari, and Coco Gauff.

Are there other events taking place alongside the women’s singles draw?

Yes. There is the women’s doubles competition, and for the first week, there is also the ATP China Open – a 500-level tournament in the men’s game.

Are there other players in the draw with a status other than ‘qualifier’ or ‘wildcard’ entrant?

Yes. As of the most recent adaptations to the WTA China Open draw, there are two players in the draw with a PR (protected ranking) status. These players are Daria Saville and Jennifer Brady.

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