Light rain yesterday afternoon affected 6 first-round qualifying matches, meaning some of the women will have to pull double duty if they want to advance into the main draw of this year’s Wuhan Open.
Of the 14 matches on Courts 2-5 today, here are featured matches:
· Once ranked as high as no. 9 in the world, Andrea Petkovic has been working herself back from various injuries. The winner of 6 WTA singles titles is now ranked #105 in the world, with her best result coming in a semifinal appearance on the hard courts of Washington D.C. earlier this summer. Known for her bubbly personality and athletic game, the German resumes play against Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski on Court 2, already having taken the first set 6-1.
· Six American women are still alive in the qualifying. Madison Brengle is locked in a tight battle with Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan, as the two finish their first-round encounter with the Taiwanese carrying a slim lead, 4-6, 6-4, 3-2. Two all-American contests open play on Courts 4 and 5, with Nicole Gibbs trying to make up a 1-6, 1-1 deficit against #10 Christina McHale while #9 Varvara Lepchenko hopes to continue her ruthless form from yesterday, having taken the first set without the loss of a game against Kristie Ahn.
· Three Chinese players will be in action today. The highest ranked of all the Chinese qualifiers, Lin Zhu, goes up against #13 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second match on Court 3. Ranked #109, the 23-year-old from Wuxi is having one of the best years of her young career, winning an ITF title in Lu’an and runner-up in Tianjin and Gifu (Japan). In the second match on Court 2, 21-year-old Fangzhou Liu takes on Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova. The Tianjin native brings with her good memories of Wuhan, having reached an ITF final here earlier this year. The only Chinese player to win yesterday, Jing-Jing Lu will need to upset her second seeded player in a row to qualify for the main draw of the Wuhan Open for the first time. She’s set to play #6 ranked Pole, Magda Linette in the third match on Court 2.
· The second match on Court 5 pits Britain’s Heather Watson against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. Both women made news at Grand Slam tournaments this year, with Watson making the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles final for the second year in a row (winning in 2016) and Jabeur being the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam at this year’s French Open.
Play is set to begin at 12:30 noon. Click here for today’s full Order of Play. Qualifying rounds are free and open to the public.