PREVIEW | ATP China Open Day Three including Zverev-Davidovich Fokina, Medvedev-De Minaur and WTA tournament begins

Saturday, 30 September 2023 at 12:56
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The third day of action at the ATP China Open in Beijing is upon us with the preview dropping for Saturday's proceedings with Last 16 the order of the day as the schedule is now confirmed.
Four last sixteen ties to begin proceedings from around 06:30 CET as well as the start of the WTA tournament with early first round action and qualifying also concluding.

Zverev-Davidovich Fokina and Medvedev-De Minaur headline line-up

The first tie sees rising Italian, Matteo Arnaldi face Nicolas Jarry with the latter producing a stunning win over Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach this point. Then it is the turn of one of the matches of the day as Alex de Minaur who has been in superb form as of late will face Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev himself played his first match since losing in the US Open final against Tommy Paul and swept aside the American with a fair bit of ease so comes back to Asia which was previously a happy hunting ground in good form seemingly.  
Medvedev leads the head to head 5-2 with the Russian overcoming a disappointing loss earlier this year in Toronto by defeating him at the US Open. An always entertaining clash. De Minaur was one of two players to perform superbly that week in Toronto and the other was Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
The Spaniard faces Alexander Zverev who won last week in Chengdu despite it not being a huge barometer as such as to where his form is at. He leads their head to head 3-1, but it will likely be the toughest test yet for the German in recent weeks as the Spaniard has the level to perform at his best when it matters most as was the case in Toronto in what has been his most consistent season to date.
Sandwiched in between sees Andrey Rublev face off against Ugo Humbert with a huge gap on the ATP side between that tie and the final Last 16 tie between Zverev and Davidovich Fokina.

WTA begins with Azarenka, Potapova, Vekic - Andreeva and Stearns aiming to qualify

This gap is due to the WTA Tournament also starting on Saturday with early first round action as Victoria Azarenka is in action against Magda Linette. Martina Trevisan, Marta Kostyuk, Donna Vekic and Anastasia Potapova are also all involved.
Implications aplenty with the Potapova-Gracheva match seeing the winner face Iga Swiatek. Azarenka could face Jennifer Brady in the same section. Trevisan could meet Qinwen Zheng or Elena Rybakina.
But also there is the matter of qualifying to conclude with Peyton Stearns and Mirra Andreeva looking to make it to the first round and that finishes on Saturday morning.
Andreeva is in a tough tie with Anna Kalinskaya, Elina Avanesyan faces Yulia Putintseva. While Stearns takes on Laura Pigossi, Eva Lys and Katie Boulter too are also in the last round.

Schedule Day Three ATP China Open

Saturday, September 30, 2023
Day 3
Diamond Starts At 12:30 Pm
R16Matteo ArnaldiVSNicolas Jarry
Followed By
R16Alex de MinaurVSDaniil Medvedev
Not Before 4:30 PM
Yue YuanVSElise MertensWTA
Not Before 7:30 PM
Victoria AzarenkaVSMagda LinetteWTA
Not Before 9:00 Pm
R16Alexander ZverevVSAlejandro Davidovich FokinaH2H
Lotus Starts At 11:00 Am
Donna VekicVSAnna BlinkovaWTA
Followed By
Marta KostyukVSElisabetta CocciarettoWTA
Followed By
Sorana CirsteaVSPetra MarticWTA
Followed By
R16Andrey RublevVSUgo Humbert

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