Golden girl Puig ready to shine in Wuhan

Time:2016-09-24Release:WUHAN OPEN

Saturday 24th September 2016

Rio Olympic Gold medallist Monica Puig will be one of a gallery of tennis stars in action on Sunday as the main draw gets underway at the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.


Puig takes on former US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci in the first round of the US$2,589,000 WTA Premier 5 event in central China. Grand Slam finalists Sabine Lisicki and Lucie Safarova are also in action, along with Swiss star Belinda Bencic and two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Newly-crowned World No.1 Angelique Kerber, defending champion Venus Williams, former Wimbledon finalists Garbine Muguruza and Agnieszka Radwanska and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova are amongst the big names preparing to start their campaigns in Wuhan. The top eight seeds all have byes into the second round.


Great Britain’s Heather Watson had to win two matches in one day on Saturday to join the illustrious names in the 56-player main draw. She will take on Madison Brengle (USA) in the first round after wins over Chang Lui (CHN) and Samantha Crawford (USA) in the qualifying competition on Saturday.

“I’m pleased that I got through because I don’t feel that I’m playing my best and to win when you’re not playing well is great for the confidence,” said Watson.

“I played a lot better in my second match and my first match so It was probably good for me to have a tougher first match; that helped me.”

$2,589,000,25 SEPTEMBER-01 OCTOBER 2016

Women'sQualifying Singles - Second Round
Qualifying - [1] D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [12] P. Parmentier (FRA) 62 63
Qualifying - [15] L. Chirico (USA) d [2] C. Mchale (USA) 63 76(3)
Qualifying - [3] K. Siniakova (CZE) d [16] Y. Duan (CHN) 63 63
Qualifying - [6] A. Cornet (FRA) d [10] K. Bondarenko (UKR) 62 61
Qualifying - E. Kulichkova (RUS) d [7] A. Riske (USA) 67(2) 63 64
Qualifying - [8] J. Goerges (GER) d [11] Q. Wang (CHN) 75 76(2)
Qualifying - [14] H. Watson (GBR) d S. Crawford (USA) 76(3) 62
Qualifying - B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d G. Min (USA) 62 64

First Round
Qualifying - G. Min (USA) d [4] A. Konjuh (CRO) 60 60
Qualifying - [8] J. Goerges (GER) d [Alt] A. Krunic (SRB) 62 62
Qualifying - [14] H. Watson (GBR) d [WC] C. Liu (CHN) 61 06 64


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon

Not Before 12:00 noon
[WC] S. Zheng (CHN) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 2:00 pm
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
B. Bencic (SUI) vs [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs S. Rogers (USA)
[Q] K. Siniakova (CZE) vs T. Babos (HUN)
M. Puig (PUR) vs [13] R. Vinci (ITA)
[12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [Q] L. Chirico (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
D. Kovinic (MNE) vs L. Siegemund (GER)
I. Begu (ROU) vs [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS)
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS)

COURT 4 start 2:00 pm
[8] J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [WC] C. Liu (CHN) / K. Zhang (CHN)
A. Rosolska (POL) / H. Watson (GBR) vs [WC] X. Han (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN)

The Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open takes place between 23 September and 01 October 2016. For more information and to buy tickets visit: