Top seed Peng Shuai, former Slam champ Sam Stosur and wild card Genie Bouchard make the Taiwan Open an interesting watch this week.
TAIPEI, Taiwan; Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Peng Shuai, Zhang Shuai, Samantha Stosur, Timea Babos, Yulia Putintseva, Zarina Diyas, Magda Linette, Pauline Parmentier
Floaters: Ana Bogdan, Sabina Lisicki, Genie Bouchard
Notes: No Top 25 players in the draw…Interesting starts for (1) Shuai vs. the streaking Bogdan (winner to possibly meet Bouchard), and (3) Stosur 2nd rd. vs. Lisicki…Wildcards were awarded to Bouchard and Chinese Taipei’s Chang Kai-chen and Lee Ya-hsuan…Withdrawing from the tournament were Belinda Bencic, Margarita Gasparyan, Daria Gavrilova, Elina Svitolina, Lesia Tsurenko, and Alison Van Uytvanck…Svitolina beat Shuai in last year’s final…No former champions are in the field.
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