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Zhuhai set to welcome global greats

By Sun Xiaochen | China Daily | Updated: 2017-10-26 06:39

Zhuhai set to welcome global greats

The WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, which takes place from Oct 31 to Nov 5, features 12 of the world's best female players, including China's Peng Shuai. Provided to China Daily

WTA wraps up season with high-profile shootout in Guangdong coastal city

With a glittering international cast and a local wildcard entry, the Elite Trophy Zhuhai is set to serve up a year-end feast for fans in the emerging tennis hub in South China.

Zhuhai set to welcome global greats

On Wednesday, the Women's Tennis Association announced the player field for the third annual WTA Elite Trophy tournament, the finale of the WTA Tour, which will be held from Oct 31 to Nov 5 at Hengqin International Tennis Center in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.

The prestigious event features both singles and doubles draws, with players first competing in round-robin groups before advancing to the knockout stage.

The tournament offers total prize money in excess of $2.2 million and 700 ranking points for the singles champion.

The singles field will consist of 11 of the world's top 20, plus a wildcard, aside from those who are competing in the ongoing WTA Finals in Singapore, a higher-caliber tournament which features the world's top eight.

Among the stars set to light up Zhuhai are two Grand Slam champions, American Sloane Stephens (2017 US Open) and German Angelique Kerber (2016 Australian Open and US Open).

After their best season on the tour, France's Kristina Mladenovic and CoCo Vandeweghe of the US will make their Zhuhai debuts, together with first-time participant Peng Shuai, who earned the wildcard as the host nation's highest-ranked player at world No 27.

In all, this year's Zhuhai entrants have won 11 WTA singles titles in 2017.

"We are pleased to welcome the third edition of the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, featuring many of the top athletes on the WTA," said Steve Simon, WTA CEO and chairman.

"This signature event showcases top players along with up-and-coming stars, all joining together and celebrating their successes in the 2017 WTA season."

Peng, who in July won her second WTA singles title at an international-level tournament in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, is aiming for a deep run in Zhuhai to finish her season strong in front of a home audience.

"To be able to participate in the Zhuhai tournament has always been my goal throughout the year," said the 31-year-old.

"I cherish the wildcard entry very much, so I will try my best to deliver my best tennis to pay back the support of my home crowd."

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