Serving up some sizzle in Zhuhai

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2018-10-27

Fromleft:Spainstwo-timeGrandSlamchampionGarbineMuguruza,defendingchampionJuliaGoergesofGermany,2017USOpenrunner-upMadisonKeys,worldNo18CarolineGarciaofFranceandChinesestarsWangQiangandZhangShuaiallfeatureinanimpressivefieldfortheWTAEliteTrophyZhuhai,campaignswithhomegloryinseason-endingtournamentChinasWangQiangandZhangShuaiwillbidtocaptheirfineseasonswithsomehomegloryatnextweekmOct30toNov4atHengqinInternationalTennisCenterinZhuhai,Guangdongprovince,where11oftheworldstop20players,plusonewildcard,stopeightarecompetingattheongoingWTAFinalsinSingapore,whilethedecisionsofSerenaWilliamsandJelenaOstapenkotoendtheirseasonsearlymean22nd-rankedWanghasqualifieddirectlyforZhuhaithankstoherfinerunonthetour,inNanchangandGuangzhou,squalificationmadethewildcardavailabletoworldNo36Zhang,whose2018campaignalsotookoffduringthetoursdrawsincethetournamentdebutedin2015."IamveryexcitedtobeabletojoinsuchanelitegroupofplayersattheZhuhaitournament,"saidWang,whohasmadesteadyprogressunderAustralianmentorPeterMcNamarathisseason."IwilltrymybesttobecomethefirstChinesetoliftthetrophyinZhuhaiandhopefullyeverybodywillenjoytheshow."Recallingher2016effortwhenshereachedthesemisinZhuhai,Zhangwasalsopsychedtoreturntothestate-of-the-artvenueinthecitysHengqinNewArea,whichisnowlinkedbybridgetoMacao."ThememoriesarestillfreshsoIcantwaittoenjoytheenthusiasticfansupportthere,",whobothhailfromTianjin,willfacestiffcompetitionfromsomeofthegamesbiggestnames,includingSpainstwo-timeGrandSlamchampionGarbineMuguruza,2017USOpenrunner-upMadisonKeysanddefendingchampionJuliaGoergesofGermany."IhavegreatmemoriesfromlastyearwhenIwonmybiggestcareertitle,andIjustrememberallthegreatsupportIgotthereespeciallyfromthelocals,"saidGoerges,whobeatAmericanCoCoVandewegheinstraightsetsinlastyeartotalof14WTAsinglestitlesbetweenthemthisyear."Weareextremelyhappywiththelistofplayersthathavequalifiedtoplay,"saidtournamentdirectorJoseMiguelGarcia."ThetwoChineseplayersinthesinglesdrawforthefirsttimeshowshowfasttennisisdevelopinginChina."Alltheplayersthathavequalifiedareamongthebestintheworld,sogreattennisisguaranteedforallthefanscomingtoZhuhaiandeveryonewatchingfromhomeallovertheworld."Thetournament,whichfeaturesaround-robinformatbeforeplayersadvancetotheknockoutstage,offerstotalprizepoolofover$,5,000-seatcentralcourt,thetournamentvenuefeaturesfourshowcourtsand12practicecourts.▓▓。