WTA Tianjin Open 2019 Outright Preview and Betting Predictions:


Saturday, October 5, 2019 3:19 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 3:19 PM UTC

The WTA Tianjin Open draw has just been released, and we break it down to find the best outright selections in this WTA International tournament!

<div><h2><b>Trends and conditions</b></h2><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;2 DAYS TO GO! Our #2 seed Wang Qiang! The Tianjin local looking to win her first &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WTA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@wta&lt;/a&gt; Tianjin Open 🇨🇳&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tianjinopen?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tianjinopen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tennis?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tennis&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/wta?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#wta&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/ittakes?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ittakes&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/DgniOF12y9\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/DgniOF12y9&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Tianjin Open (@TianjinOpen) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TianjinOpen/status/1180374269391302657?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 5, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><div><div><p>The Tianjin Open is the sixth and final WTA event in China before the year-ending Championships in Shenzhen and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. With most of the top ranked players in the Race to Shenzhen partaking in the Beijing Premier Mandatory, the field here is now way near as illustrious. Entering its sixth year on tour, no player has been able to win it twice, with Alison Riske being the closest in winning one title and making one additional final appearance. This WTA International level event has a 32-player draw, a prize pool of $500,000 and a total of 280 ranking points going the way of the winner. Played on a lively Deco-Turf outdoor hard court, it´s a suitable court speed for power-hitters and counterpunchers alike - the former category having the most success to date.</p><h2><b>The Draw</b></h2><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"cy\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Tianjin Open 2019 Main Draw &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/FlyWithCaro?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#FlyWithCaro&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/VhuQfrS9ha\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/VhuQfrS9ha&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Caro Garcia Fanpage (@CaroGarciaPage) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/CaroGarciaPage/status/1180371282589818880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 5, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><u><em><strong style="font-size:15px">Quarter 1</strong></em></u></p><p><strong><em>Projected quarterfinal if the seeds hold: </em></strong>Sofia Kenin(1) vs. Yulia Putinseva(6)<br /><strong><em>Other notable players in the quarter: </em></strong>Samantha Stosur(WC)<br /><br />In the first quarter we naturally find our first seed in Sofia Kenin. The Russian-born American has had a career year in 2019, hitting a career high ranking of world no. 15 as a result. Kenin´s emerged the winner of three titles in Hobart, Mallorca and Guangzhou along with an Acapulco final and back-to-back semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati added to her name. Quickly flourishing as one of the future stars of the game, the counterpuncher has had great success at this level, with all of her titles being WTA International events. Assuming she´s in good shape following her making the doubles final in Beijing (at the time of writing), she´ll have a great opportunity to add to those previous accolades.<br /><br />Kenin starts off against countrywoman Kristie Ahn in the first round, with the latter having some good runs lately including a US Open R16 berth. However, Ahn has the propensity to fall away against the elite, and Kenin should come through fairly unscatched. In the second round, Ons Jabeur or Jennifer Brady will await, Brady being the more likely. The pair recently faced in the Washington round 1, and Kenin prevailed in straight sets, and will look to do the same enroute to the quarterfinal here.<br /><br />Yulia Putinseva is the big seed in the bottom half, and the savvy Kazakh is capable of giving plenty of top talents trouble on her day. The world no. 37 has had her best results on clay this season in winning WTA Nürnberg. However, she hasn´t been given any kind draws as of late, running into top 20 players early and often during her last few tournaments. Facing up against Astra Sharma who has done precious little on the main level as of late, Putinseva will have a good shot of making amends for her horrendous 1-4 record at this event.<br /><br />In the second round, Samantha Stosur should await, having found some form in making the Guangzhou final recently. The former world no. 4 hasn't made a final for almost 2.5 years prior though, and it´s tough to see Stosur´s resurgence lasting long. I expect the Kazakh to punch her way to the quarterfinals. While Kenin and Putinseva have never met before, the American isn´t a player to be thrown off or beguiled by craftier opponents. Overcoming the likes of Elina Svitolina and Hsieh Su-Wei this season, she should be well prepared for another tricky assignment. I expect the 20-year old to have too much skill for Putinseva and make the semifinals.<br /><br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;FINALS WITH &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/matteksands?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@matteksands&lt;/a&gt; 😜❤️❤️❤️💪🏼 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ChinaOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@ChinaOpen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/zdjwxdt6Xw\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/zdjwxdt6Xw&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Sofia Kenin (@SofiaKenin) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/SofiaKenin/status/1180443696019509250?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 5, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><strong><em>Predicted semifinalist: Sofia Kenin(1)</em></strong><br /><br /><u><em><b>Quarter 2</b></em></u></p><p><b><i>Projected quarterfinal if the seeds hold: </i></b>Carolina Garcia(4) vs. Zhang Shuai(5)<br /><br /><b><i>Other notable players in the quarter: </i></b>Venus Williams, Rebecca Peterson, Wang Yafan<br /><br />Our reigning Tianjin Open champion is found in the second quarter, with Caroline Garcia taking home the silverware without losing a set last year. Much has happened since though, and the Frenchwoman has been floundering all year, far from former world no. 4 glory with a current world no. 31 ranking. It´s been hard court play in particular that´s been the problem, posting a 7-14 record and no back-to-back wins since Miami in March. Overall, Garcia hasn´t won back-to-back matches since Mallorca in June.<br /><br />She opens up against young Russian talent Anastasia Potapova, and should manage to emerge victorious as the 18-year old has yet to do much on main level hard courts this season. Either Wang Yafan or Lauren Davis will await depending on who emerges from a close first round matchup, and the former would be the trickier matchup. Pushing Garcia to a deciding set last year in Beijing, the Chinese player on home soil will be a tough prospect. The Frenchwoman would need her best tennis to make the quarterfinal.<br /><br />Zhang Shuai hasn´t had a great 2019, with the 30-year old coming in with a 26-26 record. However, a return to home soil usually brings the best out of the world no. 35, making at least the quarterfinal in a Chinese tournament for four consecutive years. It´s the Beijing and Guangzhou tournaments that have been her most successful, with 3 quarterfinals and a title in the latter to Zhang´s name. Beaten by two floundering big names in Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber back-to-back, the Chinese player will want to put things right as she starts off against a qualifier. The going would get very tough in the second round however, as either Rebecca Peterson in a career year or Venus Williams would await.<br /><br />Venus has actually been playing some very solid tennis as of late, but it´s unlikely that the 39-year old has the mileage to go deep in tournaments at this stage of the season. Peterson and Shuai have split their two career meetings, with the Swede demolishing the Chinese last year in Acapulco. Amidst a career best season and the recent Nanchang title, Rebecca should make the quarterfinals. If this meeting was played on clay, Garcia would have an edge as she won convincingly in Strasbourg earlier this year. However, on hard courts and with the Frenchwoman potentially feeling the pressure, look for the Swede to spring a surprise.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"sv\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Rebecca Peterson klättrar 26 placeringar på WTA-rankingen och ligger nu på 52:a plats och därmed tangerar sverigeettan sin högsta ranking från i oktober förra året. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/yAoOZ7KX8u\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/yAoOZ7KX8u&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Tennis.se (@Tennisnyheter) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Tennisnyheter/status/1173516889944985600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 16, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><strong><em>Predicted semifinalist: Rebecca Peterson</em></strong><br /><br /><u><em><b>Quarter 3</b></em></u></p><p><b><i>Projected quarterfinal if the seeds hold: </i></b>Zheng Saisai(7) vs. Dayana Yastremska(3)<br /><br /><b><i>Other notable players in the quarter: </i></b>Veronika Kudermetova, Peng Shuai<br /><br />After winning her maiden career WTA title in San José earlier this season, Zheng Saisai came back to China full of confidence. The 25-year old has acquitted herself quite well, making the Zhengzhou quarterfinal and Beijing R16 - falling to eventual finalist (at the time of writing) Ashleigh Barty. Taking down the crafty Saisai has been tough work, and in her last 3 losses the opponents have been forced to go the distance. Zheng hasn´t played here for a few years, instead opting to play other tournaments, but like many Chinese players she typically does well on home soil.<br /><br />Last year, she won 2 WTA and 2 ITF titles during this time of year. Starting off against Duan Ying Ying, whom she defeated in a tough 3-setter in Guangzhou, expect a repeat victory on this occasion. A round 2 matchup against either Ajla Tomljanovic, who just beat Zheng in Zhengzhou, or the talented Veronika Kudermetova looks one the Chinese is unlikely to emerge victorious from. Kudermetova looks to have a great shot to make the quarterfinal.<br /><br />In the bottom section, Dayana Yastremska looms large. The 19-year old has had a fantastic season with two titles in Hua Hin and Strasbourg to her name, along with plenty of strong showings. It often takes the very best of players to topple the confident Ukranian, up to a new career high of world no. 26. Assuming she´s fit to compete after making the Beijing doubles final (at the time of writing), she should have little trouble dispatching her first round opponent in Zhu Lin, who has only been able to win 5 of her 19 main draw matches to date in 2019.<br /><br />While this season hasn´t been much to write home about, a return to Tianjin may well inspire the likely second round opponent in Peng Shuai. Making at least the semfinal on all of her three past showings at this tournament, the 33-year old veteran came to life in Nanchang and made the semifinals. That said though, Yastremska dominated the pair´s lone meeting in Hua Hin, and should book her quarterfinal ticket here. In a matchup between two big hitting youngsters, Yastremska looks the woman to beat right now, and I expect her excellent year to continue with a semifinal showing or better.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"und\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Taking off into the second round 🤩🇺🇦🇨🇳✈️&lt;br /&gt;Взлетаю во второй круг&lt;br /&gt;🤩🇺🇦🇨🇳✈️&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DayanaYastremska?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DayanaYastremska&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChinaOpen?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ChinaOpen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/wta?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#wta&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tennis?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tennis&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DY?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DY&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/wrl3V5qQp6\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/wrl3V5qQp6&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Dayana Yastremska (@D_Yastremska) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/D_Yastremska/status/1178264986080202753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 29, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><div><p><strong><em>Predicted semifinalist: </em></strong>Dayana Yastremska(3)<br /><br /><u><em><strong>Quarter 4</strong></em></u><br /><br /><strong><em>Projected quarterfinal if the seeds hold: </em></strong>Magda Linette(8) vs. Wang Qiang(2)<br /><br />Magda Linette has been in excellent form this season, especially during the latter part of the season. Coming all the way from qualifying to win the title in New York, the Pole kicked off the Asian Swing with a Nanchang quarterfinal and a Seoul final. Her opener against Christina McHale puts that stellar season to the test, with the American leading the H2H 3-1.<br /><br />It should be noted that two of those came on grass which is far from Linette´s most comfortable surface, but McHale has asserted herself well lately. Qualifying to make the second round of both Wuhan and Beijing scoring plenty of upsets, this is a trickier first round match than it would seem. However, the Polish player has been in pristine form reaching a career high world no. 41 ranking, and should prevail. In the second round, a qualifier or Harriet Dart would await. With the Brit only going 5-11 in main draw matches on the season, neither seems a particularly frightening prospect to stop Linette from making the quarterfinals.<br /><br />In the last section of the draw, number 2 seed Qiang Wang is the big name. After a solid season that saw the Chinese number 1 stun the world in defeating Ashleigh Barty to make the US Open quarterfinals, fitness issues may well make the final stretch a struggle. Last year, Wang was scorching hot and won 2 titles, made one final along with a further three semifinals during the Asian Swing. The aforementioned struggles to stay injury free started even before the great US Open run:<br /><br />"The waist injury is just like a time bomb, and I don't know when it will explode," said Wang.</p><p>"Maybe the first minute I'm playing fine and the next minute the injury could come back.</p></div><p>"After Wimbledon, the injury was bothering me and I rested for weeks. I was not 100 percent ready for the US Open and the goal was to gradually find my pace. I never thought I could have such a great performance."<br /><br />"Because of the injury, I don't have a clear goal for the second half of this season, and my priority is to rediscover my pace,"<br /><br />That waist injury forced her to withdraw from Zhengzhou, and the 27-year old would then go 1-2 over Guanghzou and Wuhan. Then, serving for the match in the first round of Beijing against Ajla Tomljanovic, Qiang cramped up badly and was forced to retire - leaving the court in a wheelchair. If fit, the world no. 20 should have no problem dispatching a qualifier. Whoever emerges from the matchup between a floundering Heather Watson and Kateryna Bondarenko, with one match under her belt following maternity leave, should be of no concern to Wang either. With the Chinese player´s fitness being in such dubious shape however, this quarter sets up very nicely indeed for Madga Linette, who should take full advantage.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;It Takes COMMITMENT!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It’s 6 days to go, so what better than to celebrate &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Riske4rewards?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@riske4rewards&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/MagdaLinette?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@magdalinette&lt;/a&gt; playing every single Tianjin Open!&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tianjinopen?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tianjinopen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tianjin?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tianjin&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/wta?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#wta&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/china?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#china&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/ittakeswta?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ittakeswta&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/12skM3lPby\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/12skM3lPby&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Tianjin Open (@TianjinOpen) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TianjinOpen/status/1178615362906050561?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 30, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><b><i>Predicted semifinalist: </i></b>Magda Linette(8)</p><h2><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a><br /><br /><b>The Verdict</b></h2><p>It´s another WTA International level event, and in the draws that often lack the very biggest names, Sofia Kenin is the biggest star. With three titles at this level already to her name this season, and in good form to boot, it´s exceedingly difficult looking past her name for the title. At the top of the market, priced 4.50, Kenin is my first selection to win outright.<br /><br />In the bottom half of the draw, Dayana Yastremska looms large. After a fantastic year, the Ukranian looks set to challenge for even bigger titles in the upcoming years, and must be considered for the title. At a 7.0 price, Yastremska is my second selection to win outright.<br /><br />Positioned in the fourth quarter, the softest in the draw, Magda Linette will love her chances. With the fitness a serious concern for big seed Wang Qiang, the in-form Pole looks set to make a run. Though trailing 0-2 in the head-to-head with Yastremska, the Ukranian isn´t invulnerable and plays a high risk, high reward type of game. If not firing on all cylinders, Linette could well take advantage. At a very tasty price of 21.0, the Pole is my third selection to win outright.<br /><br />As per usual, there were so many things to go into, but too little time (and space). If you have any questions regarding my selections, or anything tennis related, feel free to hit me up on Twitter [@SnizeMaster]. Thank you for being with me this far, and until next time, zài jiàn!</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;That moment when you win your first Tianjin Open 🏆&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Congrats &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/CaroGarcia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@CaroGarcia&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tianjin?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tianjin&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tianjinopen?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tianjinopen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/wta?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#wta&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/tennis?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#tennis&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/j0TUcJV4Sn\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/j0TUcJV4Sn&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Tianjin Open (@TianjinOpen) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TianjinOpen/status/1051448809740361729?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 14, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tennis Betting Odds"><em><b>Best bet: Sofia Kenin to win outright at 4.5 (7/2) with [Bet365] </b>0.5u<br /><b>Best bet: Dayana Yastremska to win outright at 7.0 (6/1) with [Bet365] </b>0.5u<br /><b>Best bet: Magda Linette to win outright 21.0 (20/1) with [Bet365] </b>0.25u</em></a></p></div></div></div>
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