Top seed Daria Kasatkina is in action on the opening day of action at the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.
WTA Staff
October 29, 2018

Play starts at 12.30pm

STADIUM

Lyudmyla KICHENOK (UKR) / Nadiia KICHENOK (UKR) [3] v [WC] JIANG Xinyu (CHN) / YANG Zhaoxuan (CHN) [5]

Not before 2pm
Aryna SABALENKA (BLR) [3] v Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [9]
Elise MERTENS (BEL) [4] v Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) [10]

Not before 7pm
OPENING CEREMONY

Not before 7.30pm
Daria KASATKINA (RUS) [1] v WANG Qiang (CHN) [11]

MATCH POINTS

Aryna Sabalenka is the youngest singles player in the field, at the age of 20. In fact, she's the youngest competitor in the tournament's history.

She has 21 three-set main draw match wins this season - more than anyone else on tour.

Daria Kasatkina, Anett Kontaveit, Elise Mertens, Sabalenka, and Wang Qiang are all debutantes here.

Look: Shining in Zhuhai - From Venus to Goerges

Kasatkina's recent win at the Kremlin Cup was the second title of her career.

Kontaveit is bidding for her 33rd main draw win of 2018 – this is the first time she has registered 30 or more wins in a single season.

Sabalenka and Barty have met twice previously - both times this year. Barty won on home ground at the Australian Open, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, while the Belarusian won in the Wuhan semifinal, 7-6(2), 6-4.

Barty is making second appearance at Zhuhai, where she reached the SF last year, losing to doubles partner Vandeweghe in straight sets.

Goerges, Mertens, and Sabalenka all have 45 wins so far this season - placing them in joint-sixth position on the match-wins leaderboard.

This week, Wang is playing sixth event on home soil in 2018, where she’s amassed a 17-3 win-loss record: Shenzhen (1R) Nanchang (WON), Guangzhou (WON), Wuhan (SF) and Beijing (SF).