After a Day One which saw qualifying mainly wrapped up as well as a smattering of first round ties, Day Two of the WTA tournament at the China Open will see Aryna Sabalenka, Marketa Vondrousova, Mirra Andreeva among others in action. In our preview, we look ahead to Day Two.
For Sabalenka in particular, it will be her first action since losing in the US Open final and likely her toughest test up until at least the third round in Beijing.
Sabalenka returns against Kenin
A different player to the one who used to sweep up titles during this swing before it was curtailed due to COVID-19 and the Peng Shuai saga, in theory Sabalenka should be one of the favourites to win this tournament.
That theory is also backed up with her draw. She won't play any big names realistically till the third round against potentially Beatriz Haddad Maia. First up though is Sofia Kenin.
Kenin herself reached the semi-finals in Guadalajara and final in San Diego and has been slowly building momentum. This after a horror three years since winning the Australian Open. This could prove a match that could blow the draw wide open and if Sabalenka is not at her best, the American could dump out the brand new World Number One.
Vondrousova, Brady-Stearns, Krejcikova-Andreeva among further headlines
Also among the top ties includes Marketa Vondrousova, current Wimbledon champion who begins her campaign first up on Diamond Court against Anhelina Kalinina. On that court to end proceedings on the WTA side is Petra Kvitova albeit the main attraction is Xiyu Wang of China.
On further courts are two matches which could have adorned the main court on any other day as Mirra Andreeva, the 16-year-old Russian prodigy takes on Barbora Krejcikova fresh off a title in San Diego against the former who steamrolled through qualifying.
As did Peyton Stearns who impressed at the US Open and she only lost five games all qualifying. She faces a compatriot first in Jennifer Brady. This match is also interesting as the winner will face Victoria Azarenka and the third round opponent could be Iga Swiatek.
Beatriz Haddad Maia, Jelena Ostapenko against rising German Eva Lys, Marie Bouzkova, Alycia Parks v Liudmila Samsonova are also among other highlights on Day Two with a full slate of WTA action.
China Open Day Two Schedule
Diamond - Starts at 12:30pm
Marketa Vondrousova  (CZE) v Anhelina Kalinina (UKR)
Aryna Sabalenka  v Sofia Kenin (USA)
Petra Kvitova  (CZE) v Xiyu Wang (CHN)
Lotus - Starts at 11:00am
Jasmine Paolini (ITA) v Beatriz Haddad Maia  (BRA)
Fangran Tian (CHN) v Linda Noskova (CZE)
Barbora Krejcikova  (CZE) v Mirra Andreeva
Moon - Starts at 12:30pm
Alycia Parks (USA) v Liudmila Samsonova
Jennifer Brady (USA) v Peyton Stearns (USA)
Eva Lys (GER) v Jelena Ostapenko  (LAT)
Magdalena Frech (POL) v Katie Boulter (GBR)
Brad Drewett - Starts at 12:30pm
Daria Saville (AUS) v Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
Marie Bouzkova (CZE) v Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) v Arantxa Rus (NED)