One of two international tournaments taking place this week, Shenzhen is headlined by Radwanska and Kvitova with the rest of the seeds coming from the world’s top 60.
Quarter 1 Radwanska (1) v Konta (5)
In her first match of 2016 Radwanska will take on Krunic who is defending quarter finalist points. Although I predict that Radwanska will have no problem defeating her here as Krunic didn’t have much form last only making it as far as the quarters at three tournaments. Konta will take Qiang Wang in her first match. Jo climbed 103 places this year to end the year in the world’s top 50 hopefully she can end this year in the top 20. Konta should breeze past Wang. The notable match is King against Linette. King is using a protected ranking here having only started playing again in August have not played since the US open the previous year after recovering from a back injury whereas Linette had a steady results through the year and making the final of international event in Tokyo.
Radwanska df Konta
Quarter 2 Begu (3) v Diyas (7)
Begu in her first match will take on Arruabarrena. Begu form last year was consistent and it started well when she got to the 4th round of the Australian Open as well as winning a title later on in the year in Seoul. Arruabarrena could have had a better year she did make two semis and a further quarter at international events. In her first match Diyas will take on a qualifier which will I don’t see any problem in getting past. Other match ups include Mitu against Siniakova and Friedsam against Jovanovski.
Begu df Diyas
Quarter 3 Niculescu (4) v Bouchard (6)
Niculescu will play Sevastova in her bid for the title. Monica didn’t have much to write home about at the beginning of last year until she made the final of Nottingham and then her results started to pick up. Sevastova came out of retirement at the beginning of last year and is now ranked 113 in the world she spent most of the year playing in ITF tournaments she did make the semi’s in Florianopolis and the quarters of Moscow at the end of the year. Bouchard will take on Vekic in her first match hoping to regain the form that she had in 2014 and that she found during the US open. If Genie is back at full health then this should be a winnable match for her. Rounding out the matches is Babos against Rodina.
Bouchard df Niculescu
Quarter 4 Kvitova (2) v Beck (8)
Kvitova will start off her campaign against Saisai Zheng both of who are defending semi-finalist points. We all know how Kvitova can be if she is at her best she is capable of beating anyone on the other hand she can lose winnable matches. However against Saisai I don’t think she will have problem. Saisai has been pegged as a rising star for a number of years and not really done anything. Beck opens her campaign against Riske who didn’t really pass the 2nd round of events last much. The furthest she got was the semis of Hobart and Nottingham and since Toronto hasn’t won many matches. The other matches in this quarter are Kontaveit against a qualifier and Hsieh against Duan.
Kvitova df Beck
Radwanska df Begu
Kvitova df Bouchard
Kvitova df Radwanska