Before making your fantasy picks for Beijing, check out the expert picks from Tamarine Tanasugarn, former World No.19 who became Thailand’s first Grand Slam quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2008, and won four WTA singles titles and eight doubles titles, as well as two silver medals at the Asian Games.
September 28, 2018

As the Race heads to Beijing, Tamarine Tanasugarn gives advice on who you should pick for WTA Fantasy Tennis.


Simona Halep, US Open

Simona Halep

“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 US Open 2018 Getty

Petra Kvitova

“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.”

Naomi Osaka, Tokyo 2018 (Getty)

Naomi Osaka

“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!”

Caroline Garcia (Getty Images)

Caroline Garcia

“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.”

Outsider picks:

“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!”

Make your picks now!