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Premier China Open 2011 Attracts Luxury Lineup
Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic to Star in China Open¡¯s Super Matches
The much-anticipated China Open main draw was finally announced in the last week of August. Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, the three most popular players in this season, are all coming as expected. The long-awaited Williams sisters will make their returns in Beijing. Former world No.1 Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Carlos Ferrero are to meet again. And tennis beauties Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Maria Kirilenko will all be playing in the forthcoming China Open 2011.
Moving into the brand center court, the China Open is also presenting a luxury lineup. The most stunning super matches for 2011 season end are to be staged in Beijing China Open 2011!
Ten World No.1 to Play in China Open 2011
As a WTA Premier Mandatory tournament, China Open is the biggest international tennis tournament for the second half of the season, with its main draw entry list no less exciting than such Grand Slam tournament as the US Open. In the China Open 2011, MDS-WTA includes 6 current and former world No. 1 (i.e. Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic) and 8 Grand Slam winners (i.e. Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova)£¬ making it a star-studded tournament¡£
In the 2011 season, the China Open is moving into its brand center court. Welcoming the luxury lineup in such a historic moment is definitely a great opportunity for the fans. Composed entirely of WTA top players, the entry list is ensuring a wonderful women¡¯s tournament for the China Open this year¡£
For MDS-ATP, current world No.1 Novak Djokovic will compete with three former world No.1 players Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Lleyton Hewitt, making the men¡¯s tournament equally intense and not to be missed¡£
Li Na to Play for Top 10 Together with Peng Shuai
For a very long period of time, Chinese fans had been watching tennis stars with mixed feelings, since there was no one ¡°made in China¡±. In 2011, Li Na changed this¡£
As the Australian Open runner-up and the French Open champion, Li Na¡¯s performance has not only changed the history of tennis but also made her a real top player. In the 2011 season, Li Na¡¯s overall performance in the Grand Slam tournaments is one of the most outstanding, much better than that of the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova. In the forthcoming US Open, Li Na is the only top player with no pressure on winning points to ensure current ranking. As a result, the fans can look forward to her further success in the US Open and the ¡°China-made¡± No. 1 is worth the wait¡£
Chinese fans had also regretted about having only one Chinese player in the top range. In 2011, this was finally changed. Playing as outstanding as Li Na, Peng Shuai has kept breaking her personal best records in this season. In this week¡¯s world ranking, she has gone up again to the world¡¯s No. 14. As early as when she was playing in junior tournaments, Peng Shuai had been given high hopes. Also facing no pressure on ranking points, this talented young player might make her perfect transformation this fall and try to move into the world¡¯s top 10!
If both Li Na and Peng Shuai can play well in the China Open 2011, then there will be two Chinese players in the world¡¯s top 10, making China stronger in this sport. This is the most anticipated scene of Chinese tennis fans, and let¡¯s wait and see!
Current World No. 1 to Face Challenges from Both Former No.1 and Younger Competitors
If we use only one name to sum up men¡¯s tennis in 2011, and that must be Novak Djokovic. He has not only created the best seasonal opening but has also won two Grand Slam titles in the Australian Open and the Wimbledon Open this year, propelling him to the top of the ATP rankings. As the world No. 1, Novak has been successfully leading men¡¯s tennis with amazing records that he created one after another. He promised to participate in the China Open as early as in March this year. As defending champion, he will definitely make every effort to continue his magic journey and fight for his third consecutive championship¡£
Behind his brilliant record of ten consecutive wins in the China Open, there is much hardship as well. In the 2011 season, Novak has to face challenges from three different generations of players. Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Lleyton Hewitt are all former world No. 1 players, and they have much experience in playing with the new successor; Robin Soderling and Tomas Berdych are in the middle generation not willing to be outdone and have been chasing the pace of the world No. 1; and the younger players of Marin Cilic and Alexandr Dolgopolov are also eager to grow mature. With all these challenges, Novak¡¯s way forward should be very exciting¡£
6 Top Women Players to Compete in Beijing
In the 2011 season, women¡¯s tennis has been changing constantly, with more players competing in the second half of the season. After a long period of treatment, the Williams sisters are returning to the tennis courts. What is even more surprising is that Serena is still strong, showing signs of moving up back to the top of world rankings¡£
Serena Williams is not the only one aiming at world No. 1. Tennis beauty Maria Sharapova is reproducing top performance after the period of adjustment following her surgery. With two titles and her stable performance in the French Open and the Wimbledon Open in 2011, she has come back to the top 5, revealing great momentum for further victories¡£
While the middle generation is still eager for success, the new generation has also made miracles from time to time. Although without any Grand Slam titles, Caroline Wozniacki has never stopped moving forward. She has managed to maintain her world No. 1 in this highly competitive environment, and such is already very impressive. Similar to Wozniacki in the younger generation, the Wimbledon¡¯s new champion Kvitova and Belarus¡¯ genius player Azarenka are also becoming mature. They are definitely future leaders of tennis, and they will be competing for new successes in the China Open¡£
Three Former World No. 1 to Compete in Beijing
The three post-80s former world No. 1 i.e. Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero will gather in Beijing again, and tennis fans will be able to recapture their wonderful playing. As former world No. 1 and former Grand Slam champions, they have become classical in addition to being super stars¡£
Under the impact of the younger generation, the three former world No. 1 are not as competitive as they used to be, but they still managed to come to the China Open this year, and in particular this is Hewitt¡¯s first participation in the China Open. For those long-awaiting fans, to see them playing is not easy, and their feelings are far beyond excitement¡£
Hewitt¡¯s running, Roddick¡¯s serve and Ferrero¡¯s double-handed backhand¡ All these are their master skills that have helped them become the best players in the world, and they were also the most enjoyable performance to the fans. In 2011, we will be reviewing these attractive techniques in the courts of the China Open¡£
Spain, the US and France Forming Close Rivals
In men¡¯s lineup this year, there are the US band of brothers lead by Andy Roddick, the Spanish Legion lead by Fernando Verdasco, and the French blue team lead by Gael Menfils, who¡¯s about to make his debut in the China Open this year. It seems some good fight is just around the corner¡£
Nickname La Monf, Monfils is a dancer on tennis court, and his ¡°fancy tennis¡± is creative, destructive and enjoyable at the same time. He¡¯s definitely the most unique player in ATP. What will be his debut in the China Open? Let¡¯s wait and see. The charm of the French team is that everyone is so different. Monfils¡¯ next beat is always unpredictable; Tsonga¡¯s every volley can be a piece of art; Simon¡¯s steadfastness on the courts is admirable; Gasquet¡¯s single handed backhand is always beautiful and breathtaking, and Llodra¡¯s serve and volley technique is always silent ¡ France, the most romantic country, produces the most distinctive tennis art¡£
The US band of brothers lead by Andy Roddick will put on a show of aces. No matter it is Roddick himself or Isner, they both have excellent serving weapons. Together with the Bryan brothers for men¡¯s doubles, they are all good at gaining initiative by striking the first blow, and the US band of brothers will stick to the strategy of attack from beginning to end. On the contrary, the Latin Legion led by Verdasco prefers defending on the bottom line. With the most delicate technique to crumble the opponents¡¯ attacks, they will surely bring the experience of a totally different style¡£
Stars Warming up for the China Open in Advance, and Beijing Becoming the Biggest Tennis Focus at Season End
Still want to see more after each tournament? Then let¡¯s get into China Open time in advance. Different from in previous years, many top players are changing their habit of arriving in Beijing during the qualifying session for warming up, and have chosen to come much earlier. Many players are even expected to arrive around September 20 for some training, which means there is only less than a month before the fans can see their favorite players face to face¡£
As one of the most important tournaments in the second half of the season, the China Open is of substantial weight for every player. Enthusiasm of the fans is irresistible and the new courts are attractive for some exploration. As the last comprehensive event after the US Open, results of the China Open can help determine many players¡¯ final rankings at the end of the year. During the forthcoming National Day Holiday, Beijing will definitely become the focus of world tennis!