LIMOGES, France/HUA HIN, Thailand - This week wtatennis.com is offering free live streaming from the third and fourth WTA 125K Series tournaments of 2015: the Engie Open de Limoges and the EA Hua Hin 125 Series presented by Singha.
Limoges boasts a solid field, featuring top seed and Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai semifinalist Elina Svitolina; the WTA Rising Star plans to end her season strongly, but will need to get past the likes of No.2 seed Lesia Tsurenko and fellow WTA Rising Stars like No.3 seed and WTA Rising Stars Invitational runner-up Caroline Garcia, No.4 seed Annika Beck, No.6 seed Margarita Gasparyan, and No.8 seed and Generali Ladies Linz finalist, Anna-Lena Friedsam. Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will also be present in the bottom half of the draw.
Svitolina openes against hometown favorite Pauline Parmentier, who has tended to play her best tennis at home - reaching the second week of Roland Garros in 2014. Former No.26 Tamira Paszek also looms in Svitolina's quarter, and has a chance for revenge against rising Romanian Andreea Mitu, who defeated the talented Austrian at a French challenger last week in Nantes.
Hua Hin is another WTA 125K Series event headlined by recent maiden WTA titlist Misaki Doi. The Japanesewoman captured her first WTA trophy at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, and will surely be eager to capitalize on that momentum before the off-season. WTA Rising Stars Naomi Osaka and Zhu Lin are both in Doi's section of the draw; the two come off Singapore debuts, having participated in the WTA Rising Stars Invitational, which Osaka won over Garcia. Doi's countrywoman opens against No.8 seed Evgeniya Rodina, while Zhu plays another WTA Rising Star in Patricia Maria Tig, who made her first WTA final in Baku as a qualifier.
On the other half of the draw is No.2 seed and WTA Rising Star Zheng Saisai; can the 2010 Youth Olympic silver medalist win a second WTA 125K Series event - having already won the singles and doubles titles in Dalian - and keep up the form that helped her take a set from eventual champion Venus Williams in Zhuhai? Her quarter features another Singapore starlet in Timea Babos; the No.7 seed made her first BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in doubles alongside fellow WTA Rising Star, Kristina Mladenovic - who was the winner of the first-ever WTA 125K Series tournament three years ago in Taipei.
Watch them attempt to follow in Mladenovic's footsteps all week here on wtatennis.com!