20 Oct 2017

Poitiers kicks off run of $100,000 tournaments

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By Nick Fishpool

$100,000 Poitiers October 2016

Nine Top 100 ranked players, headed by Tatjana Maria, are among the entrants looking to lay claim to the singles title at next week’s $100,000 tournament on the ITF Pro Circuit in Poitiers, France.

This will be the eleventh consecutive year this tournament has offered $100,000 in prize money and is the first of four tournaments taking place on the Circuit during the final quarter of 2017 at this prize money level.

Further events follow in November where both Japan and China will be hosting with a final tournament before the New Year coming in mid-December in the United Arab Emirates.

Two years ago, Monica Niculescu triumphed as top seed in Poitiers and is in line to be named the second seed this time around as she bids to become the first two-time champion. Also looking to claim that honour is the 2013 champion Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the last player to come through qualifying to take the crown, who is set to be seeded eighth.

November will see $100,000 events held simultaneously in Tokyo, Japan and Shenzhen, China early in the month for the fifth and second time respectively.

Ayumi Morita returns to Tokyo in the hope of recapturing the title she won in 2010 before the event took a four year break at this level. Upon its return in 2015, Shuai Zhang has won back-to-back titles and will be in action again as she aims to complete a remarkable hat trick.

With last year’s champion Shuai Peng not competing this year, a new champion is assured in Shenzhen with Tatjana Maria leading the competitors list, as she does in Poitiers, as one of two Top 100 ranked players – the other being Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Rounding out the $100,000 tournament season will be the return of the Dubai tournament which, like Shenzhen, will be hosting at this level for the second time and is guaranteed a new champion with 2016 winner Su-Wei Hsieh having not entered. Although with the entry deadline for Dubai still over a month away, there remains the possibility that this will change for the two-time doubles Grand Slam winner.