World's top 10 to compete in WTA Wuhan Open

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Romania's Simona Halep returns a shot during the women's singles quarterfinal against Madison Keys of the United States at 2016 WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Sept. 29, 2016. Simona Halep won the match by 2-0. (Xinhua/Rao Rao)

All the Top 10 players of the WTA rankings will compete at the 2018 Wuhan Open, which runs from Sept. 21 till 29 in the central Chinese city, the organizers of the WTA Premier 5 event announced Wednesday.

Since joining the WTA Tour in 2014, Wuhan has established itself as the heart of tennis's Asian Swing and 2018 could prove to be the tournament's strongest year yet. In total, 19 of the world's Top 20 and 45 of the world's Top 50 players have entered this year's 2.75-million-U.S. dollar event.

Among the stars are reigning Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon champions Caroline Wozniacki, Simone Halep and Angelique Kerber.

They will also be joined by two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time Wimbledon and two-time Wuhan Open champion Petra Kvitova and the reigning Wuhan Open champion Caroline Garcia.

"We're very proud to provide such an important showcase for the world's very best players and believe that the calibre of players we attract is testament to how much the tournament has grown and flourished in the last five years," said Wuhan Open Co-Tournament Director Fabrice Chouquet.

"Chinese fans are falling in love with tennis, thanks to events like ours and the incredible players who come to compete in Wuhan," he added.

Retired tennis superstar Li Na is the global ambassador for the Wuhan Open held in her home city. Li has helped to put Chinese tennis on the global map with her victories at the French and Australian Opens. 

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