Ekaterina Makarova was shocked by Anastasija Sevastova as the Latvian earned her first-ever win over the Russian after just a mere 79 minutes, sending Latvia into World Group II for the first time in history.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova earned just her third victory of the year as she overcame her slump to oust world number 15 Anastasija Sevastova in three sets to give Russia a 1-0 lead, although Ostapenko soon removed the deficit with a win over Makarova.
The Apia International Sydney gets underway on 7th January as many quality players will look to grab the perfect lead-up entering the Australian Open, with Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams leading the field.
Anastasija Sevastova sent out a warning message to her counterparts after easily beating former top-five player Samantha Stosur in the opening round of the Brisbane International, prevailing 6-1, 6-3 after just 63 minutes of play.
Zhuhai would witness some world-class tennis being played out at the WTA Elite Trophy as the field, most notably consisting of former world number one and two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, was finalized days ago.