Beijing Gallery: Practice Makes Perfect
Whether you're No.1 or No.100, the time you put in on the practice court is crucial to success on the match court. Check out a dozen snaps from the practice sessions of the WTA stars right here!
Published October 02, 2013 12:00
There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes for the WTA stars to hit the ball so well...
Some of them have taken time out during their practice sessions to keep their loyal fans happy too.
Maria Kirilenko won the biggest title of her career in Beijing, as an 18-year-old back in 2005.
Li Na, China's - and Asia's - No.1 player, is hoping to win her biggest home event for the first time.
Li has been working with legendary coach Carlos Rodriguez since last year's summer hardcourt season.
Rodriguez coached Justine Henin to seven Grand Slam titles and all the way to No.1 in the world.
Li declared her goal earlier this year was to break the Top 3 in the world by the end of the year.
She has been as high as No.4 before - and she's currently just below that at No.4 in the world.
Another player hoping to get back to her career-high is another Chinese, Peng Shuai, currently No.37.
Peng made it up to No.14 in 2011 - the second-highest-ranked Chinese player ever, after Li.
The entire practice session isn't spent on the tennis court - as Urszula Radwanska demonstrated here.
Serena Williams began working with Patrick Mouratoglou last year and has gone from great to greater.