Madison Keys is back to defend the title she won in 2017, with the tournament being held in San Jose for the first time after previously being held in Stanford. However, the American is up against a stellar field as the run-up to the US Open begins.
Several star players opted to start their 2018 season at the Shenzhen Open as world number one Simona Halep will be joined by the likes of Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and five-time Major champion Maria Sharapova.
Starting this week, VAVEL USA’s Don Han will be counting down the top 10 best WTA Grand Slam matches of 2017. Number 10: Karolina Pliskova’s incredible escape during her US Open third-round match against Zhang Shuai, saving a match point along the way.
Zhang Shuai had a disappointing seven months in 2017 thus far, but she would be looking to bounce back from all her losses in the latter part of the year, aiming to produce some good results on the hard courts in the US and Asia.
In a 3 hour 10 minutes battle on Court 1, Svetlana Kuznetsova whiskered past Zhang Shuai in the third round of the French Open with a 7-5 scoreline in the final set, having won her third straight match which lasted over two hours.