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The Shenzhen Open is an outdoor hard court tournament played annually in Shenzhen, China. Being the fourth edition of the tournament, the Open is a fairly new competition, but one with a rather substantial prize money currently standing at half a million dollars.


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While the reigning champion Simona Halep will not try to defend her 2015 title, the organizers managed to bring in some quality players, including two top players who are currently amongst the top 10 players in the world. Those two players are world number five Agnieszka Radwanska and world number six Petra Kvitova (who is already out). Somewhat curiously, they will (were) not only be the only top 10 performers in the main draw, but the only ones who are currently in the top 30. As this year's event will only be the fourth in tournament history, we don't have a long champion list. The former world number two and two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na (who retired in 2014) won the first two editions to be followed up by Halep's victory last year. The Romanian will compete in Brisbane this year leaving her title up for grabs. In her absence the two clear favorites would have been Radwanska and Kvitova, but the latter unfortunately had to retire during her first round match.


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Conversely, the Polish former world number two has already got through her first through matches and will participate in the quarterfinal on January 7th.


Posted: 4th January 2015


The Shenzhen Open 2015 will take place from January 4th to January 10th 2015 at the Longgang Tennis Centre at Shenzhen, China. This WTA International category tournament is in its third year.


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The surface used is hard and the total price money is $500,000. The complete draw has 32 singles players and 16 doubles players. The defending champion is Li Na of China in the singles. Monica Niculescu and Klara Koukalova of Romania and Czech Republic respectively are the defending champions in the doubles.


The top seeds for this year’s tournament are Simona Halep of Romania, Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic, Peng Shuai of China, Zarina Diyas of Kzakhastan, Klara Loukalova of Czech Republic, Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, Monica Niculescu of Romania and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.


In the doubles draw the top four seeds are Peng Shuai and Xu Yifan of China. Lara Arruabarrena of Spain with Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania are the second seeds. Anavel Medina Garrigues and Maria Teresa Torro Flor of Spain are the third seeds while Chan Chin-wei of Chinese Taipei and Okasana Kalashnikova of Georgia are the fourth seeds.   


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Romanian Sorana Cirstea had to withdraw from the tournament because of shoulder injury and has been replaced by Timea Babos.


Posted: 30th December 2012


On the WTA Tour, the Shenzehen Longgang Gemdale Open will be held from the 30th of December ot the 5th of January in Shenzhen, China. This event will be the first one of the new 2013 calender year for the WTA Tour and it will be followed by two events that happen around the same time as the entire world of tennis gears up for the Australian Open. The first one up after Shenzhen also happens from the 30th of December to the 5th of January, called the Brisbane International, and then after that the ASB Classic will be held.


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This WTA event is an international level tournament and it will be played on hard surfaces for a prize purse of $500,000. Li Na will be one of those playing at this event, which is happening for the first time. In fact the world number seven Na is going to be the number one seed in this tournament, followed by the 11th ranked Marion Bartoli as the second seed. Third and fourth are Jelena Jankovic and Su-Wei Shieh and then Klara Zakopalova is the fifth seed. Sixth and seventh are Shuai Peng and Laura Robson and Bojana Javanovsk is the eighth.


Tags: Shenzhen Open, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Longgang Tennis Centre, Li Na, Monica Niculescu, Klara Koukalova, Peng Shuai, WTA Tour, Shenzhen, Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic
Posted: 3rd January 2016

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