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The China Open kicks off this week on the women’s side, this will be the last WTA 1000 event of the year. While some of the top players in the world make their way to Beijing for the last Mandatory competition of the year, it’ll be interesting to see who will be left standing when all is said and done. In this article, we’ll provide our WTA China Open predictions, which will be updated each day.
WTA China Open tips – Iga Swiatek to win outright @ 1/4 (1.25)
A strong case can be made for Liudmila Samsonova. She held her own against some tough opposition, surrendering just one set en route to the final. As a matter of fact, the Russian player faced three former grand slam champions in this tournament (Elena Rybakina, Petra Kvitova and Jelena Ostapenko), and she defeated all three in straight sets.
However, Samsonova doesn’t have a great track record against today’s opponent. She squared off against Iga Swiatek on two occasions, losing both encounters. In fact, the last time these players met was at the Dubai Open earlier this year, and Swiatek came out on top in two short sets, surrendering just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 rout. While we expect Samsonova to put up a better fight than she did in the previous clash between these players, we believe that Iga Swiatek will prove to be too strong for Samsonova. That said, our pick for the WTA China Open title is Iga Swiatek.
Liudmila Samsonova – The journey so far
It’s important to point out that Liudmila Samsonova is still on the hunt for her first title of the year. She came close a couple of times, reaching the finals of the Abu Dhabi and Canadian Opens. Interestingly, Samsonova had a perfect 4-0 record in WTA singles finals before this year, but she’s currently 0 for 2 in 2023. Despite being an unseeded player, Liudmila Samsonova put up some stellar performances this past week, surrendering just one set in this competition. It’ll be interesting to see if she can win her first title of the year today.
- Semi-final vs Elena Rybakina – won (2-0)
- Quarter-final vs Jelena Ostapenko – won (2-0)
- Round of 16 vs Marta Kostyuk – won (2-1)
- Round of 32 vs Petra Kvitova – won (2-0)
- Round of 64 vs Alycia Parks – won (2-0)
Iga Swiatek – The journey so far
Like today’s opponent, Iga Swiatek dropped one set on her way to the final; as she had to claw her way back after losing the first set to Caroline Garcia. As it stands, the former World number 1 has reached more finals, and is currently tied for most WTA singles titles in 2023. She’ll be eyeing her fifth title of the year today.
- Semi-final vs Coco Gauff – won (2-0)
- Quarter-final vs Caroline Garcia – won (2-1)
- Round of 16 vs Magda Linette – won (2-0)
- Round of 32 vs Varvara Gracheva – won (2-0)
- Round of 64 vs Sara Sorribes Tormo – won (2-0)
Frequently asked questions about the WTA China Open
- What will the winner of the WTA China Open get? The China Open champion gets $1,324,000, as well as 1000 WTA ranking points.
- Who won the last edition of the China Open on the women’s side? Naomi Osaka is the defending champion of this tournament.
- How many seeded players are there in this competition? There are 16 seeds at this year’s event.
- Where can I watch the China Open in the United Kingdom? This tournament will be available on Amazon Prime for fans who reside in the United Kingdom.
- Who is the pre-tournament favourite to win the WTA China Open? Iga Swiatek is favoured over every other player in this competition.
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