Aussies in action: Stosur continues comeback in Guangzhou
Seeded seventh, Sam Stosur will be joined by fellow Aussies Arina Rodionova and Lizette Cabrera as the WTA makes its latest Asian stop in Guangzhou, China.
Sam Stosur will play the second event of her comeback when she contests this week’s Guangzhou International Women’s Open in China.
Stosur, seeded No.7, faces local Han Xinyun in her first match, having lost at the same stage of last week’s Japan Women’s Open in Tokyo.
That marked her first match in three-and-a-half months after a right-hand stress fracture kept her sidelined since Roland Garros.
Joining Stosur in Guangzhou are fellow Aussies Arina Rodionova and Lizette Cabrera.
Rodionova, enjoying a career-high ranking of No.124, will open against Evgeniya Rodina for a likely shot at fifth seed Elise Mertens, who faces Wang Yafan in the first round.
Cabrera won two rounds of qualifying to take her place in the main draw and will begin against fellow qualifier Gao Xinyu of China.
She and Rodionova have landed in the same quarter of the draw, and would meet in the last eight if they win through.
Like Cabrera, another Aussie, Priscilla Hon, qualified for the main draw of a WTA event this week.
Hon is in Seoul for the Korea Open and will now line up against fellow qualifier Karolina Muchova of Slovakia.
The winner could face No.8 seed Christina McHale, who has drawn another qualifier, Arantxa Rus, in the first round.
Over in Tokyo, Daria Gavrilova is flying the Aussie flag at the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
The $1,000,000 WTA Premier-level event features five of the world’s top 10 and is headed by No.1 seed Garbine Muguruza.
Gavrilova opens against a qualifier and should she triumph she would next meet second seed Karolina Pliskova, who received a first-round bye.
Gavrilova is Australia’s No.1 player, currently ranked No.21.
Meanwhile, at the ATP event in St Petersburg, Queenslander John-Patrick Smith won his first-round qualifying match against Russian Ivan Gakhov 6-2 6-0 and now stands one win from the main draw.