The 2019 Nanchang Ultimate would be the first encounter between seed quantity four Elena Rybakina and the seed quantity 5 Rebecca Peterson, and The primary non-Chinese language champion within the 4 years of the event.
Rybakina, 20, will compete in her second closing in her 10th WTA Predominant Recreation. The Kazakh raised his first trophy in Bucharest in July. After dropping 5 of his first six skilled finals on the ITF circuit, Rybakina has received 4 in a row, after additionally successful the ITF titles in Launceston, Moscow and Kazan this yr.
on the WTA degree. The 24-year-old scored 11-Three within the ITF closing between 2013 and 2018, her largest title so far being the ITF W100 2018 in Cagnes-sur-Mer, the place she beat Ons Jabeur and Dayana Yastremska.
Peterson aspires to turn out to be the eighth Swedish titlist of WTA singles on the opening, after Ingrid Lofdahl (1972 Bastad champion), Catrin Jexell (1982 Hong Kong champion), Catarina Lindqvist (5 occasions) champion between 1984 and 1991), Cecilia Dahlman (champion in Athens in 1989 and 1990), Asa Svensson (champion of Kuala Lumpur in 1999 and champion of the Bol in 2002), Sofia Arvidsson (champion of Memphis in 2006 and 2012 ) and Johanna Larsson (champion of Bastad in 2015 and champion of 2018 in Nurnberg).
Elena Rybakina is the third girl representing Kazakhstan to win a WTA trophy after Zarina Diyas (Tokyo 2017) and Yulia Putintseva (Nurnberg 2019). Ksenia Pervak and Yaroslava Shvedova received their solely title earlier than shifting to Kazakhstan. Rybakina needs to be within the Prime 50 for the primary time subsequent week.