It’s a competitive field for the China tournament, which goes ahead under controversial circumstances following the disappearance of Peng Shuai.
Sabalenka Eyes 14
She might be known for choking on the big stage, but the 2023 Australian Open winner has been a model of consistency.
The 25-year-old made at least the semifinals in all four grand slams this year, including the final at Flushing Meadows.
She’s a better player in the WTA 1000 events, and although it’s a strong field, like a grand slam, she is the one to beat.
Being the top player in the world comes with an easier draw, so expect her to go deep into the finals.
Aryna Sabalenka says she feels a great responsibility as the world #1 representing all of women’s tennis:
“I am still motivated to continue doing important things, no matter how hard it was for me to reach the top, I’m not going to relax or lose my desire. I want to finish this… pic.twitter.com/TVPGZGtCwl
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) September 29, 2023
Why Not Gauff?
There is no reason to jump off the back of Coco Gauff, who won the 2023 US Open in fine style against Sabalenka.
The American has gone from strength to strength throughout her career, and she’s still a teenager, so she has many more wins to come.
We have little doubt she’ll eventually be the world’s number one, and our WTA odds say she has a strong chance to win in China.
Former teenage tennis star Maria Sharapova had kind words to say about Gauff’s win in New York.
“I was so happy to see Coco win. I have been saying this for years I think she has the ability to transcend the sport into so many… Bridging entertainment and sport and culture and fashion,” Sharapova said.
“She has got such a great voice and most importantly she is an amazing competitor which is just like the full package and it came together for her in New York City.”
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Swiatek Wants Ranking Back
Iga Swiatek would love her top ranking back, and we believe she deserves it.
The Polish player has four grand slam titles on her record, three more than Sabalenka. However, she won’t be the top-ranked player in Beijing.
The 22-year-old didn’t have the best end to her grand slam year, but she is a 15-time WTA Tour winner, and that must count for something.
Her form leading into the tournament has been solid, especially with a deep run in Japan. Therefore, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her Tennis betting online odds firm over the next week.
Bettors should be confident in Swiatek’s chances to win, and she could rival Sabalenka for favoritism.
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