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Beijing Gallery: The Pre-Tournament Buzz

From bright-eyed airport arrivals to meeting the press and a special match-up between Li Na and Novak Djokovic, check out all the best pre-tournament pics from the China Open right here!

Published September 30, 2013 12:00

The China Open is one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year, even when the players land...
The China Open is one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year, even when the players land...
Serena Williams has fond memories of the China Open, winning it in its inaugural year back in 2004.
Serena Williams has fond memories of the China Open, winning it in its inaugural year back in 2004.
This year Williams comes in as a huge favorite - four of the last six Grand Slams, the No.1 ranking...
This year Williams comes in as a huge favorite - four of the last six Grand Slams, the No.1 ranking...
Her biggest challenge could come from Victoria Azarenka, who is currently ranked No.2 in the world.
Her biggest challenge could come from Victoria Azarenka, who is currently ranked No.2 in the world.
Not only is Azarenka the only player to beat Williams twice this year, she also won here a year ago.
Not only is Azarenka the only player to beat Williams twice this year, she also won here a year ago.
Jelena Jankovic is also a former champion at the China Open, winning the Premier-level title in 2008.
Jelena Jankovic is also a former champion at the China Open, winning the Premier-level title in 2008.
Agnieszka Radwanska dominated the Asian swing in 2011, winning both the Tokyo and Beijing titles.
Agnieszka Radwanska dominated the Asian swing in 2011, winning both the Tokyo and Beijing titles.
Li Na has been trailblazing for Asia in recent years - can she become Asia's first China Open champ?
Li Na has been trailblazing for Asia in recent years - can she become Asia's first China Open champ?
The stars of the WTA have been autographing children's drawings during their press conferences...
The stars of the WTA have been autographing children's drawings during their press conferences...
China's very brightest stars have been happy to oblige, including Zheng Jie - a former Top 15 player.
China's very brightest stars have been happy to oblige, including Zheng Jie - a former Top 15 player.
Li stole the headlines before the tournament started for a very special exhibition on center court.
Li stole the headlines before the tournament started for a very special exhibition on center court.
Li played a Battle Of The Sexes exhibition match with a very playful ATP World Tour World No.1...
Li played a Battle Of The Sexes exhibition match with a very playful ATP World Tour World No.1...
Novak Djokovic isn't just the No.1 tennis player in the world, he also knows how to put on a show.
Novak Djokovic isn't just the No.1 tennis player in the world, he also knows how to put on a show.
Li and Djokovic played some games against each other, but also tried their hands at other jobs...
Li and Djokovic played some games against each other, but also tried their hands at other jobs...
Djokovic ballboyed, and Li tested her skills as a chair umpire. The job rotation went pretty well.
Djokovic ballboyed, and Li tested her skills as a chair umpire. The job rotation went pretty well.
And it kept going...
And it kept going...
At the end of the day the 10th anniversary of the China Open had an absolutely electric opening act.
At the end of the day the 10th anniversary of the China Open had an absolutely electric opening act.
The players were rewarded during the exhibition, too - a 10th anniversary cake was brought out.
The players were rewarded during the exhibition, too - a 10th anniversary cake was brought out.
Compliments to the chef - the ATP World Tour's World No.1 gave thumbs up to the tasty pastry.
Compliments to the chef - the ATP World Tour's World No.1 gave thumbs up to the tasty pastry.
This isn't all by any means - check back on wtatennis.com all week for fantastic photos from Beijing.
This isn't all by any means - check back on wtatennis.com all week for fantastic photos from Beijing.
  • The China Open is one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year, even when the players land...
  • Serena Williams has fond memories of the China Open, winning it in its inaugural year back in 2004.
  • This year Williams comes in as a huge favorite - four of the last six Grand Slams, the No.1 ranking...
  • Her biggest challenge could come from Victoria Azarenka, who is currently ranked No.2 in the world.
  • Not only is Azarenka the only player to beat Williams twice this year, she also won here a year ago.
  • Jelena Jankovic is also a former champion at the China Open, winning the Premier-level title in 2008.
  • Agnieszka Radwanska dominated the Asian swing in 2011, winning both the Tokyo and Beijing titles.
  • Li Na has been trailblazing for Asia in recent years - can she become Asia's first China Open champ?
  • The stars of the WTA have been autographing children's drawings during their press conferences...
  • China's very brightest stars have been happy to oblige, including Zheng Jie - a former Top 15 player.
  • Li stole the headlines before the tournament started for a very special exhibition on center court.
  • Li played a Battle Of The Sexes exhibition match with a very playful ATP World Tour World No.1...
  • Novak Djokovic isn't just the No.1 tennis player in the world, he also knows how to put on a show.
  • Li and Djokovic played some games against each other, but also tried their hands at other jobs...
  • Djokovic ballboyed, and Li tested her skills as a chair umpire. The job rotation went pretty well.
  • And it kept going...
  • At the end of the day the 10th anniversary of the China Open had an absolutely electric opening act.
  • The players were rewarded during the exhibition, too - a 10th anniversary cake was brought out.
  • Compliments to the chef - the ATP World Tour's World No.1 gave thumbs up to the tasty pastry.
  • This isn't all by any means - check back on wtatennis.com all week for fantastic photos from Beijing.
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