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WTA Heads To Seoul & Guangzhou

Agnieszka Radwanska is seeded first at the KDB Korea Open, while Sorana Cirstea leads the list of contenders at the Guangzhou Open.

Published September 15, 2013 12:00

WTA Heads To Seoul & Guangzhou
Agnieszka Radwanska

SEOUL, Korea & GUANGZHOU, China - The WTA's Asian swing continues this week with outdoor hardcourt International events in Seoul and Guangzhou.

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The KDB Korea Open's field includes two Top 20 players, World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and No.20 Maria Kirilenko.

Radwanska has had plenty of success at Asian events in the past, including titles in Tokyo and Beijing in 2011 en route to securing qualification for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul. However, she is in the midst of a title drought by her standards, having not won one since January.

As for Kirilenko, her season has included cracking the Top 10 and though she has descended a bit since then, she often is in fine form in Seoul. She captured the title in 2008 and was runner-up in 2007. In fact, four of her six WTA titles have come on Asian soil.

A potential second round foe for Kirilenko is the only other former Seoul champion in this year's draw. Kimiko Date-Krumm became the second-oldest Open Era WTA titlist with her triumph in 2009 one day shy of her 39th birthday.

Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears are the No.1 seeds in doubles. They have eight WTA titles together, including Seoul last year.

At the Guangzhou Open's inaugural staging in 2004, Li Na became the first Chinese WTA singles titlist. China's Yan Zi won the next year, but since then none of their countrywomen have been crowned here. The best Chinese hope this year would seem to lie with former Top 15 player and 2008 Guangzhou runner-up Peng Shuai. However, Peng should be challenged right off the bat in the form of first round opponent and 2009 Guangzhou champ Shahar Peer.

Fellow Guangzhou winners in the draw are defending champion Hsieh Su-Wei and 2011 winner Chanelle Scheepers.

Others who could be title threats include No.1 seed Sorana Cirstea, No.2 seed Alizé Cornet and No.3 seed Laura Robson, who made her first WTA final in Guangzhou last year.

The No.1 seeds in doubles are Hsieh and Peng, who have won three of their seven WTA titles as a duo this season, including Wimbledon.

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