All the first 43 ranked players are committed to playing the Beijing's China Open, due to rules as it is one of the four WTA Premier Mandatory events in the season. Caroline Garcia is the defending champion, last year she enjoyed an unbelievable Asian swing winning both Beijing and Wuhan titles.
At the China Open, she defeated Simona Halep in the championship clash. It was still an unforgettable week for the Romanian, who became the world No. 1 for the first time by beating Jelena Ostapenko in the semifinals. Also Timea Bacsinszky and Laura Siegemund, both using protected ranking after dealing with injuries, and Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic (using the 2017 top 10 year-end rule) entered.
The 2004 and 2013 champion Serena Williams is committed, but she may skip the event and maybe end her season already at the Us Open. 'She is on the entry list because it's a Premier Mandatory, I had a couple of conversations with her agent Jill Smoller and she knows that we love to have her back', the tournament director Thomas Ross told Tennis World USA.
'Serena has so many things going on in her life, she is focusing on the US Open and after the US Open and if she wants to play more tennis, it would be terrific for us. And if she doesn't play this fall, we would definitely understand that at this stage of her career.' Serena last played in Beijing in 2014, losing to Samantha Stosur in the quarter-finals. Here below full entry list.