Two-time vital leader Garbine Muguruza has been announced as a warn late entrance to a Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, that has been upgraded to a US$750,000 eventuality for a initial time.
Fresh from a second-round better in Beijing, a 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon champion will be creation her entrance during Victoria Park Tennis Stadium for a WTA International Series event, that takes place over Oct 6-14.
“We are anxious that a actor of Garbine’s description will be fasten a already considerable field,” contest executive and Hong Kong Tennis Association CEO Chris Lai said.
The Spaniard, who is 15th in a WTA rankings, joins US Open champion Naomi Osaka, former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and universe No 5 Elina Svitolina as one of a early favourites.
“She [Muguruza] is a charismatic and hugely renouned actor that fans will be penetrating to see in movement in Hong Kong for a initial time and we demeanour brazen to welcoming her on justice during Victoria Park in only a integrate of days,” Lai added.
Alize Cornet, Daria Gavrilova, Ekaterina Makarova, Samantha Stosur and Lesia Tsurenko will also be in movement subsequent week.
China No 1 Wang Qiang will be representing home hopes along with Zhang Shuai – who was narrowly beaten in a three-set quarter-final thriller by Osaka during a China Open in Beijing on Friday – and Zheng Saisai.
Hong Kong No 1 Zhang Ling has also been given a furious label to a tournament.
Of a increasing esteem income on offer, Lai said: “The increasing esteem income allows us to attract an even some-more conspicuous margin and enhances a standing as a heading WTA International Series eventuality on a calendar.”
The 24-year-old Muguruza heads to Hong Kong carrying won a pretension in Monterrey, reached a final in Doha and a semi-finals of Roland Garros in 2018.