Julia Goerges is the defending champion here, having beaten CoCo Vandeweghe in last year’s final, 7-5, 6-1.
LOOK: Shining in Zhuhai – From Venus to Goerges
Mertens and Kontaveit are both making their tournament debuts.
Sevastova made the semifinals here last year.
Barty and Garcia have played each other only once before – in last year’s Wuhan final, when the Frenchwoman won 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 6-2.
Sevastova and Zhang’s three previous encounters have all been on clay. The Latvian has won the most recent one, in Madrid last year, 6-2, 6-4.
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