If you like women's tennis, Wuhan is the place to be in the last week of September, with a stellar field of players gathering to battle for the Premier 5 event. The sixth edition of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open bring almost all the players from the top-20 and the organizers have made another effort to make it even better, awarding a wild card to world no.
1 Naomi Osaka who will play in Wuhan for the second time, losing to Elise Mertens in the first round in 2017. Naomi will have to deliver her best tennis to go all the way and lift the trophy, facing the names like Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka and others, making it one of the most challenging tournaments in the calendar outside Majors.
Osaka is currently competing at the US Open where she won the first Major title a year ago, adding another one in Melbourne in January and becoming world no. 1 on the following day. The Japanese couldn't maintain the desired rhythm in the upcoming months, struggling with injuries and the lack of form to bow out in the semi-final in Stuttgart and the quarter-final in Madrid, Rome, Toronto and Cincinnati, hoping for a better run at the US Open where she has enormous 2000 points to defend.
"I'm very happy to be returning to Wuhan Open and grateful for the opportunity because it always attracts the best players and it's an important week for women's tennis. I know Wuhan is Li Na's home town and she's one of the most inspirational players to come from Asia so it's a special tournament to be part of."