Women’s tennis returns to Wuhan for the first time since COVID-19


The Wuhan Open has been added to the WTA calendar for the first time since the Chinese city was the epicenter of the COVID pandemic in 2019. The WTA 1000 tournament will take place at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center from October 7 to October 13, 2024.

Aryna Sabalenka at the 2019 Wuhan Open
Aryna Sabalenka won the last two editions of the Wuhan Open, in 2018 and 2019.

“We are delighted to announce the return of the WTA 1000 event to Wuhan, and reignite the thrill of elite tennis competition in one of Asia’s most vibrant cities,” Jorge Salkeld, senior vice president of organizers Octagon Tennis was reported as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Aryna Sabalenka won the last two editions of the Wuhan Open. In 2018, the Belarusian defeated Anett Kontaveit in the final, while in 2019 she beat Alison Riske to become the first player to successfully defend her title in the history of the tournament that made its debut in the 2014 season.

Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province. In tennis circles it is best known as the hometown of two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na. (source: ESPN)


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