It was a tired and tetchy looking Barty actually came back to the tour with a decent run, making the semi-final by maybe not playing the best tennis, and will no doubt need a long break at the end of the season.
She could be on her way to Shenzhen early – she has a losing record to everyone from the third round onwards, and in her last appearance Beijing a couple of years ago, she only made it to the second round. She might go one or two better this time around.
It has always been a mixed tournament for Pliskova, where she has either gone out early or had a couple of rounds, and coming off the Zhenghou title, she dropped out of Wuhan after just a couple of rounds.
On paper, she hits a bump in the road from the third round onwards.
Pliskova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Jelena Ostapenko [WC]
R2: Katerina Siniakova
R3: Caroline Wozniacki 
QF: Simona Halep 
SF: Naomi Osaka 
F: Ashleigh Barty 
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Surprisingly, given Svitolina’s general consistency, she has a tough couple of rounds with losing records against her first couple of opponents.
Sitting just outside the qualification for Shenzhen, the WTA Finals defending champ needs to pick up some good points here. With the likelihood of Serena Williams not going, she squeaks into the final spot, but would dearly love to guarantee her spot. With a first round exit last year, whatever wins she can pick up, should help.
In the run up to the end of the season, it is Osaka that seems to have the charmed draw, and with semi-final points to defend, she looks to be sitting pretty at the moment in fifth place in the Porsche Race to Shenzhen.
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