Aussies chasing glory in China
Seven Australians will play at ATP and WTA tournaments across China this week as the Asian swing continues.
Aussie Nick Kyrgios is the No.2 seed for this week’s inaugural ATP event in Chengdu, and could face a compatriot as soon as the second round.
Kyrgios enjoys a first-round bye and will face the winner of the match between Sydneysider Jordan Thompson and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.
Should the seedings hold, Kyrgios is projected to meet No.6 seed Viktor Troicki in the quarterfinals. Dominic Thiem is the No.1 seed and heads the draw.
Another Aussie, John Millman, is also in the field at the 250-level hardcourt event.
The Queenslander opens against No.8 seed Paolo Lorenzi of Italy.
Meanwhile, further south in China, Bernard Tomic is the fourth seed at the Shenzhen Open.
Like Kyrgios, Tomic also receives a first-round bye and in the second round will face the winner of the match between Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and qualifier Ryan Harrison.
Harrison overcame another Aussie, James Duckworth, in three sets in the final round of qualifying.
Tomic could face No.5 seed Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals; the young German won his first ATP title at the weekend in St. Petersburg with a thrilling win over Stan Wawrinka in the final.
Victorian Andrew Whittington will join Tomic in the draw after coming through qualifying.
Whittington, who won two matches to take his place in the main event, lines up against fellow qualifier Luca Vanni for a shot at third seed Richard Gasquet in round two.
Tomas Berdych and David Goffin are the top two seeds in Shenzhen.
At the WTA Premier 5 event in Wuhan, Sam Stosur faces a tough opening-round test against Caroline Wozniacki.
The Dane comes into the tournament in great form after winning last week in Tokyo and just a few weeks earlier progressing to the US Open semifinals.
Stosur, the 16th seed, will attempt to level the pair’s head-to-head series at 6-6; the winner faces Czech Katerina Siniakova in the second round.
Daria Gavrilova is also in Wuhan, and will face former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic – who reached the final last week in Guangzhou – in the first round.
The winner faces No.2 seed Garbine Muguruza.