Guangzhou Gallery: The Player Party & More
Zheng Jie, one of China's brightest stars, was among those shining at the player welcome party.
Published September 19, 2012 12:00
Olga Govortsova was among those heading to the player party in Guangzhou, held at the Ritz-Carlton.
The stars of the GRC Bank Guangzhou International Women's Open lined up for an official welcome.
Marion Bartoli, fresh off her first quarterfinal run at the US Open, was the No.1 seed in Guangzhou.
Zheng Jie, the No.2 seed in Guangzhou, is on the verge of breaking back into the Top 20 at No.22.
Players signed the board, enjoyed dinner and listened to performances of traditional Chinese music.
Laura Robson is the youngest player in the Top 100 at the moment, and one of only four teenagers.
Marion Bartoli and Peng Shuai helped out at the tournament's official draw ceremony over the weekend.
At No.47, Peng Shuai is China's No.3 player, following World No.8 Li Na and World No.22 Zheng Jie.
Chanelle Scheepers, who won her first WTA title in Guangzhou last year, cruised through her opener.
Doubles partners Alla Kudryavtseva and Nina Bratchikova took the court in their apparel by Peak.
Zheng Jie has made the semis of Guangzhou the last three times she has played - 2005, 2008 and 2011.
Laura Robson and Chanelle Scheepers met the Chinese press before getting started in Guangzhou.