Caroline Wozniacki Wins WTA Beijing 2016 Opener

Caroline Wozniacki played her first-round match on Sunday and emerged victorious at WTA Beijing.

Caroline Wozniacki has a lot of promise in the WTA Beijing draw. The Dane, who is unseeded in the tournament, defeated Coco Vandeweghe in the first round on Sunday. The win follows up what has been a strong run of form that started at the 2016 US Open a short time ago. If Wozniacki stays strong this week then she may end up facing Angelique Kerber in Beijing’s latter rounds.

At Flushing Meadows 2016, Wozniacki really re-emerged after a period of poor form. She made the semifinals in the Grand Slam tournament before losing to eventual champion Angelique Kerber. As proof that her run to the semis was not just a fluke, Wozniacki won the Tokyo title a couple of weeks ago, defeating two Top-10 players en route to the championship.

Her efforts in Wuhan last week were certainly not meaningless. However, she did enter the tournament tired and perhaps that contributed to her losing well ahead of the final. In Beijing this week, the Dane should be well rested as she looks at a draw from the 2nd round following Sunday.

Next up, Wozniacki has a tricky match against Roberta Vinci. The Italian is a seeded player in the tournament, however the Dane has been playing better than Vinci of late. The former World No. 1 should enter their match as the odds-on favorite to advance.

Surviving a 2nd-round upset, the Dane would likely face Agnieszka Radwanska, another seeded player that hasn’t been playing all that well lately. Radwanska currently holds a high ranking on tour, however her results of late have dipped. She is the reigning champion at the upcoming World Tour Finals, so she will need to improve her form before the end of October in order to protect her ranking points.

For Wozniacki, nothing is out of the question at the 2016 China Open. She’s certainly capable of taking a title down this upcoming week, a result that would keep her slim chances of making the WTA World Tour Finals alive. Currently she is 19th in that race with 9th the probable cutoff point if we discount Serena Williams’ participation.

Should Kerber, the current World No. 1, and Wozniacki both keep winning their matches in Beijing then a semifinal match-up between the two would take place. Following Beijing, Wozniacki is also on the players’ list for next week’s Hong Kong event and then the Luxembourg Open later this month. Kerber has already booked her spot in Singapore while the Dane is in need of three strong showings in the weeks ahead to join her.

Shane Lambert