It may be easy to dismiss the China Open as yet another tennis tournament, but it is difficult to do so – especially with the tennis stars having a lot of points at stake. The WTA fall line-up is certainly crowded with plenty of matches around the corner, but the China Open is providing a fascinating end to the season. The race for the number one positions continues in the WTA and ATP tournaments. Rafael Nadal comes into the China open as the reigning number one in the ATP rankings.
Check out the draw for both men and women to see for yourself.
China Open (WTA)
Even though it may not create a lot of fanfare in Europe, it is hard to ignore the China Open with a $6.4 million prize pool and 60 top players. Since beginning on Saturday, it has already witnessed some epic clashes like the match between Sharapova and Sevastova in the first round. The China Open 2017 happens to be an intriguing affair with almost every top star taking part.
Garbine Muguruza comes into the event looking to extend their advantage over Simona Halep in the world rankings. Halep had a difficult first round match against Alison Riske, but she is as determined to reach the final as Muguruza.
China Open (ATP)
The ATP event of the China Open surprisingly has a bigger prize money than other ATP 500 events, with the total standing at $4 million compared to $6 million for the women’s event (which is Premier Mandatory, anyway). Apart from this reduced prize money, stars are also participating in a mid-level tournament with 500 ranking points and a 32 round draw. Rafael Nadal comes into the event as the top seeded player. Even though he has been a top star, he has suffered losses – including a surprise defeat against Grigor Dimitrov. The likes of Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios have had good progressions in the first round.