This month’s Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open is set to feature one of the strongest qualifying draws of the WTA season as a host of big names bid to join the World’s Top 20 players in the main draw of the prestigious WTA Premier 5 event in Central China.
Former US Open champion Samantha Stosur, Rio 2016 Olympic Gold medallist Monica Puig, former Wimbledon runner-up and former World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, former World No.8 Ekaterina Makarova and former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic have all entered the 32-player qualifying draw. Four players - Radwanska, Stosur, Makarova and Petkovic - have previously been ranked in the World’s Top 10.
Makarova, currently ranked 45, is the highest ranked player entered into qualifying in Wuhan, making it one of the toughest ranking cut-offs of any WTA qualifying draw this year.
Qualifying begins on 21st September and takes place over two rounds with just eight players winning through to join the likes of Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Garcia, Karolina Pliskova, Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka in the 64-player main draw.
Co-Tournament Director Fabrice Chouquet said:
“You know how strong your main draw is when you have Grand Slam champions and Olympians ready to go through qualifying to get into it. That’s such a healthy sign for the tournament and it’s wonderful for the fans to be able to see these amazing players in qualifying action over the first weekend of the event. It means that there will be world class tennis from the first ball of the tournament and that’s really going to set the tone for a fantastic week.”
Grand Slam singles or Olympic Gold singles champions in the qualifying draw: Monica Puig, Samantha Stosur
Former Top 10 players in the qualifying draw (career high ranking in brackets): Markarova (8), Radwanska (2), Stosur (4), Petkovic (9)
Top 20 players already scheduled to compete in 2018 Wuhan Open Main Draw (27/8/18 pre-US Open ranking in brackets)
Simona Halep (1)
Caroline Wozniacki (2)
Sloane Stephens (3)
Angelique Kerber (4)
Petra Kvitova (5)
Caroline Garcia (6)
Elina Svitolina (7)
Karolina Pliskova (8)
Julia Goerges (9)
Jelena Ostapenko (10)
Daria Kasatkina (11)
Garbiñe Muguruza (12)
Kiki Bertens (13)
Madison Keys (14)
Elise Mertens (15)
Venus Williams (16)
Ashleigh Barty (17)
Anastasija Sevastova (18)
Naomi Osaka (19)
Aryna Sabalenka (20)
Grand Slam singles champions in the Wuhan Open Main Draw:
Halep, Wozniacki, Stephens, Kerber, Kvitova, Muguruza, V.Williams, Ostapenko, Victoria Azarenka
Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka have already been given wildcards into the Main Draw, which leaves three further Main Draw wildcards available. These will be decided in the coming weeks.
To download photos from previous Wuhan Opens
The 2018 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open takes place between 21-29 September 2018. For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.wuhanopen.org and www.4008702014.com