The 2019 Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai Draw Released
Created: 2019-10-22 13:08:46
The 2019 Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai held the draw ceremony on the Zhuhai Huafa Plaza on the morning of 21st. Home favorite Zheng Saisai and Greek player Maria Sakkari were present at the ceremony. This year, the four singles groups are still named after the famed flowers which represent the local culture in Zhuhai.
The top-seeded Dutch Kiki Bertens will face Croatian Donna Vekic and Ukrainian new star Dayana Yastremska in the Azalea Group. Both Vekic and Yastremska will be making their debut appearances in Zhuhai, while Bertens is returning for her second visit -- she qualified in 2016, crashing out at the group stage.
The Dutch now enjoys a 3-3 record against Vekic, and has barely survived the battle against Yastremska after a tie-break in the opening set in their first clash at the China Open this year. At the pre-match press conference, Bertens said that she and Vekic knew each other inside out having faced each other several times this year, and it would be tough against the other two outstanding players in the group, but she would forge ahead, trying to get a better result.
Ranked World No.12 this week, the American rising star Sofia Kenin is drawn against Czechic girl Karolina Muchova and American star Alison Riske in the Camellia Group. Kennin has made a huge impact this season, knocking out the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the third round of the French Open and winning the three titles at the Hobart International, the Mallorca Open and the Guangzhou Open. Interestingly, her first encounter against the other two players in the group will take place in Zhuhai.
With the one and the only wild-card, home favorite Zheng Saisai is drawn into Orchid group, which also includes American Madison Keys and Croatian No.1 Petra Martic. Zheng Saisai has also made conspicuous breakthrough this year, and returning to the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai after four years, she is believed to go all out to break the siege of two elite players for a strong finish to the 2019 season.
The Rose group could be the “death group” of the tournament this year. The newly-crowned Wuhan Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, the Belgian No.1 female player Elise Mertens and Greek elite Maria Sakkari will put up a good fight for the spot in semifinals. It is worth mentioning that Sabalenka and Mertens are also doubles partners and good friends. The two paired up to lift their first Grand Slam women’s doubles trophy at the U.S. Open this year and enjoy profound friendship off the court. Both of them will return to Zhuhai for the second consecutive year. The battle between friends will definitely be a big draw at the group stage.
Sakkari should also not be taken lightly, on account of her excellent physical condition and powerful hits with full topspin. Having sealed her first crown in Rabat this season, Sakkari is hoping to keep the good run in Zhuhai and fight for the major title.
The 2019 Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai will be held from 22nd to 27th October. Besides the exciting matches, the Organizing Committee also prepares a variety of off-site activities for fans like tennis carnival and fans meetings.