Leading women’s stars and Andy Murray head to China for Tour events.
The WTA Tour heads to China this week and a strong field will be in Wuhan – the home town of Chinese star Li Na – for one of the Tour’s Premier events. Sadly, the Chinese star won’t be in attendance having announced her retirement from the sport last week.
Britain/Scotland’s pride Andy Murray will also be in China this week as the world number eleven joins the field at the inaugural Shenzhen Open.
There’s also an indoor tournament in Malaysia for all you tennis betting fans to enjoy. Keep reading for our preview of all this week’s tennis action.
The ATP World Tour’s Asian swing begins in Southeast Asia at the Malaysian Open this week.
Officially launched by Malaysian Prime Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak in 2009, the ATP World Tour 250 event features some of the rising stars of the men’s game and will be held indoors at Kuala Lumpur’s 7,000-seat Putra Stadium.
Kei Nishikori reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open and the Japanese star is the man to beat this week.
Nishikori reached the semi-finals of this event in both 2011 and 2012 and said: “I always love to come back to Malaysia. They have a great stadium, good crowd and good food at the lounge, too. I’ve not won the tournament, so it‘s going to be my goal to win it. Hopefully I can do well at Malaysia this year.”
Milos Raonic should prove to be a strong challenger with fellow top 25 players Ernests Gulbis and Kevin Anderson also in attendance. Juan Martin del Potro will also continue his recovery in Malaysia having stepped out onto a court last week for the first time since wrist surgery in March.
There have been some unexpected winners of this event over the years including last year’s champion Joao Sousa who claimed his maiden ATP World Tour title last year, defeating fifth seed Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.
Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
There’s a strong field heading to China this week for the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.
This tournament is one of three new WTA events in China in 2014, bringing the total number of events in the country to six. It is also one of two Premier-level stops in China.
The Open will take place at the Optics Valley International Tennis Centre in Wuhan, the home town of two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na. The 32 year old said: “I’m so proud that my city is staging such a prestigious tournament”.
Unfortunately for the Chinese number one, she won’t be able to take part in her home event having been forced to retire from the sport this week due to a knee injury.
Serena Williams leads the field from rising star Simona Halep and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. Other top ten players in Wuhan include Agnieska Radwanska, recent US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova and Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard.
It’s the inaugural Shenzhen Open this week and there’s a decent field in attendance including the British number one.
Andy Murray has received a wildcard entry and will feature at the first edition of this event, to be held at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center, a state-of-the-art facility with more than 20 outdoor match courts.
Murray has won in China before but has yet to lift an ATP title in 2014. Currently eleventh in the Race to London, the Scot has a chance to earn some much needed ranking points in an attempt to reach the showpiece year-end Tour finals.
Murray said. “I am looking forward to competing at the Shenzhen Open, a new event on the ATP World Tour, and starting my first match of the Asian swing in China. I’m looking forward to a busy month in Asia and playing in front of the passionate fans out here.”
Murray’s main rivals are likely to be the dangerous Richard Gasquet who has reached two Tour finals this year and the veteran Tommy Robredo, back in the world’s top 20 after injury.
Mikhail Youzhny, Gilles Simon and Roberto Bautista Agut also feature in a strong field.
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