Vandeweghe, Peng and Kerber headline Day One in Zhuhai
Created: 2017-10-31 11:53:37


American Coco Vandeweghe and China’s Shuai Peng will open the 2017 Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai on Tuesday when they play the first match in the singles group stages. The pair have been pitted alongside Elena Vesnina in the Bougainvillea Group for the season-closing showcase in Southern China.

Two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 Angelique Kerber faces recent Hong Kong Open champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (drawn in the Rose Group alongside Australian Ashleigh Barty) in the night session match on Day One.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova takes on Germany’s Julia Goerges in Tuesday’s other match. Goerges is fresh from winning the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow to seal her place in the select Zhuhai field. They have been drawn in Azalea Group alongside Kristina Mladenovic, the highest ranked player in singles in Zhuhai.

Full draws singles and doubles below.

The season-ending WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai features twelve of this season’s best singles players drawn into four groups. In the Round Robin format each groups has three players who must play each other in a bid to finish top of their group and reach the Saturday’s knock-out stages.

Chinese star Shuai Zhang and her partner Jing-jing Lu are likely to be the headline act in the doubles competition, which features six teams in two groups in a Round Robin format.

The group names of the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai is a nod to the picturesque Chinese coastal city’s reputation as the ‘City of Flowers’.

HENGQIN LIFE WTA ELITE TROPHY ZHUHAI 2017 - ZHUHAI, CHINA $2,280,935 31 Oct - 5 Nov, 2017

STADIUM start 3:00 pm

Not Before 3:30 pm
[2] C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [12] [WC] S. Peng (CHN)
[7] J. Goerges (GER) vs [10] M. Rybarikova (SVK)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[4] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [8] A. Kerber (GER)
[1] R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [3] [WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) Women's Singles

Group Stage
Round Robin - Azalea
[1] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs. [7] J. Goerges (GER)
[1] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs. [10] M. Rybarikova (SVK)
[7] J. Goerges (GER) vs. [10] M. Rybarikova (SVK)
Round Robin - Bougainvillea
[2] C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs. [6] E. Vesnina (RUS)
[2] C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs. [12] [WC] S. Peng (CHN)
[6] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs. [12] [WC] S. Peng (CHN)
Round Robin - Camillea
[3] S. Stephens (USA) vs. [5] A. Sevastova (LAT)
[3] S. Stephens (USA) vs. [11] B. Strycova (CZE)
[5] A. Sevastova (LAT) vs. [11] B. Strycova (CZE)
Round Robin - Rose
[4] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. [8] A. Kerber (GER)
[4] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. [9] A. Barty (AUS)
[8] A. Kerber (GER) vs. [9] A. Barty (AUS)

Group Stage
Round Robin - Lotus
[1] R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs. [3] [WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
[1] R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs. [6] Y. Duan (CHN) / X. Han (CHN)
[3] [WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs. [6] Y. Duan (CHN) / X. Han (CHN)
Round Robin - Orchid
[2] A. Rosolska (POL) / A. Smith (GBR) vs. [4] J. Lu (CHN) / S. Zhang (CHN)
[2] A. Rosolska (POL) / A. Smith (GBR) vs. [5] [WC] X. Jiang (CHN) / Q. Tang (CHN)
[4] J. Lu (CHN) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs. [5] [WC] X. Jiang (CHN) / Q. Tang (CHN)

Schedule for the week:
Tuesday October 31 - Friday 3 November - Round Robin play in singles and doubles, starting at 3pm daily, with the night session starting not before 7pm.
Saturday November 4 - singles Semi-finals and two doubles Round Robin matches, starting at 3pm with Semi-Finals at not before 4.30pm and 7pm.
Sunday November 5 - Doubles Final, starting at 1.30pm. Singles Final not before 4pm.