PREVIEW | 2023 Zhengzhou Open as SAKKARI, KREJCIKOVA, JABEUR lead withdrawal hit field in last WTA 500 tournament of 2023

The Zhengzhou Open is the last WTA 500 of the season and will take place between October 9-15, 2023. The draw is now complete and the preview looks ahead to the key facts.

Maria Sakkari, Barbora Krejcikova and Ons Jabeur are among those still involved despite a myriad of withdrawals with a big chance for multiple players this week.

Late season surge continues for Jabeur, Sakkari and Krejcikova among others

While withdrawals of Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina and Karolina Muchova as well as Veronika Kudermetova have blighted a stacked field, those still involved will look to continue their late season surge.

Maria Sakkari, the top seed and Guadalajara champion will lead the field in terms of ranking aiming to continue to capitalise after finally getting over the line to add to glory in Rabat back in 2019. Could she add another title this week?

But as well as Sakkari, it is jam packed with multiple recent champions including Ons Jabeur who won in Ningbo and also booked her spot at the WTA Finals recently with Sakkari just missing out.

As well as San Diego winner, Barbora Krejcikova and Tokyo champion, Veronika Kudermetova who will all aim to add to their recent title haul.

Garcia, Qinwen Zheng, and Samsonova also lead field

Qinwen Zheng returning home as an Asian Games gold medallist will also be involved. As will Liudmila Samsonova fresh from losing in the final of Beijing to Iga Swiatek.

Beijing Quarter-Finalist, Caroline Garcia who a year on from her WTA Finals win is back playing some of her best tennis and will also aim to win the title in Zhengzhou.

Daria Kasatkina and Donna Vekic are also among the top seeds in an intriguing line-up for the week ahead in Zhengzhou. Catch all the action here on TennisUpToDate.

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