As the Race heads to Beijing, Tamarine Tanasugarn gives advice on who you should pick for WTA Fantasy Tennis.
TAMARINE TANASUGARN'S FANTASY PICKS:
“Simona Halep was a bit injured in Wuhan last week but I think the conditions in Beijing will suit her. Assuming she’s 100% fit she will be tough to beat as she looks to build momentum ahead of the WTA Finals in Singapore – she really wants to end the season as year-end No.1, which is great motivation.”
“Petra Kvitova has a good record in China overall, she’s a former finalist in Beijing, and reached the semis here again last year. She’s also the title leader on the WTA so far in 2018 and has her eye on a place at the WTA Finals in Singapore – she has to be considered a strong contender for the China Open.”
“After her title at the US Open and backing up so well to reach the final at home in Tokyo, Naomi Osaka has had a week away from tournament play. Hopefully, she has been able to settle down and rest a bit, and think about her goals. She’s very humble, one of my favorites – I always love to root for my Asian players!”
“Defending champion Caroline Garcia fell early on her title defense at Wuhan last week, but I’m sure she’ll reset with a positive outlook and be keen to do well in Beijing this week. When you’ve won an event before you always want to repeat that success – it can be a good luck charm.”
“I think Jelena Ostapenko likes playing in Asia, having posted good results in Seoul the past couple of years – those good feelings can help. Garbine Muguruza is a former champion in Beijing, and can never be discounted. I also like Karolina Pliskova after her win at Tokyo a couple of weeks ago, which was indoors but good for the confidence. And I love Ashleigh Barty’s all-court game, her weapons and attack, her defense, her attitude – and her whole comeback story!”