Former World No.1 Dinara Safina, winner of 12 WTA singles titles and a three-time Grand Slam finalist, makes her picks for this week’s China Open.
September 27, 2019

Dinara Safina?makes her WTA Fantasy picks for Beijing.

Ashleigh Barty 2019 Wuhan Getty

Ashleigh Barty

"Barty is having a great season, winning her first Grand Slam title and rising to World No.1. We saw in Wuhan that she is playing great again. If she can keep up that momentum she will for sure be a threat in Beijing."

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Karolina Pliskova (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Karolina Pliskova

"Karolina has already won a title in China this month, at the new Zhengzhou Open event. She lost early in Wuhan but this should mean she is fresh and ready for Beijing. Like Barty, she has already qualified for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, so that pressure is gone."

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Bianca Andreescu, US Open, China Open, Beijing

Bianca Andreescu

"Bianca is playing her first event since her amazing win at the US Open, and also making her debut in China! I think if she’s had time to recover, she will be feeling confident and very tough to beat with all the variety in her game."

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Madison Keys, 2019 US Open (Jimmie48/WTA)

Madison Keys

"We all know that Madison loves a hardcourt, which she showed again with her title at Cincinnati in the summer. She has been under a bit of an injury cloud so far this Asian swing but assuming she’s fit, she’ll be a strong contender."

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2019 Guangzhou Shot of the Day: Kenin’s running forehand

Outside Pick:?Sofia Kenin

"I just like Sonya, I’ve known her a long time – since she was playing 25k tournaments – and I’m really happy to see her doing so well now. She might be a bit of a dark horse but she’s so determined and I think she has a shot at winning a big title like Beijing."

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