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Tennis week ahead: Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev involved in more China events

Both the ATP and WTA seasons are drawing to a close but there is still some gripping hard-court action on the cards this week.

The China Open is back for the first time since 2019 and the ATP Beijing concludes on Wednesday this week, while the WTA edition is set to run until Sunday. 

And later in the week, punters can also look forward to the start of a high-profile men's event taking place in Shanghai.

Alcaraz and Medvedev still going in Beijing

WhatATP Beijing
WhereBeijing, China
WhenThursday 28th September - Wednesday 4th October
How to watchAmazon Prime

There have already been a couple of notable casualties in the ATP Beijing draw this season with fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas crashing out in the first round and Andrey Rublev exiting in the second round. 

But the field is still strong as the quarter-finals approach with top seed Carlos Alcaraz preparing to face Casper Ruud and second seed Daniil Medvedev up against Frenchman Ugo Humbert. 

A final between Alcaraz and Medvedev is still very much on the cards and the ATP Beijing will reach its conclusion with the final on Wednesday. 

Other players to keep an eye on are sixth seed Jannik Sinner and eighth seed Alex Zverev, who are also through to the last eight.

Sabalenka and Swiatek on show in China

WhatWTA Beijing
WhereBeijing, China
WhenSaturday 30th September - Sunday 8th October
How to watchAmazon Prime

The WTA Beijing is a little bit behind the men's schedule, meaning most of the big hitters are still involved in China. 

There were first-round exits for Marketa Vondrousova, Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia but otherwise the draw still looks wide open, having only begun on Saturday. 

Top seed Aryna Sabalenka eased past Sofia Kenin 6-1 6-2 in her opener and will face either Magdalena Frech or Katie Boulter in the second round. 

In the bottom half of the draw, meanwhile, second seed Iga Swiatek is up against Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain in her opener and will face France's Varvara Gracheva in the second round should she progress. 

The four semi-finalists from the Japan Open - Veronika Kudermetova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Jessica Pegula and Maria Sakkari - have all received byes into the second round in Beijing. 

The last edition of the WTA Beijing was won by Naomi Osaka four years ago but the Japanese ace has not been involved on the WTA tour recently due to maternity leave.

ATP Astana drawing to a conclusion

WhatATP Astana
WhereAstana, Kazakhstan
WhenWednesday 27th September - Tuesday 3rd October
How to watchAmazon Prime

There are only a couple of days to go in the ATP Astana in Kazakhstan but the indoor hard-court event is worth keeping an eye on this week. 

The ATP 250 event was won by Novak Djokovic last season but the Serbian chose to sit it out this year. Second and third seeds Sebastian Baez and Alexander Bublik both exited in the second round, opening up the draw and the semi-finals are fast approaching. 

Fifth seed Sebastian Korda is set to play Hamad Medjedovic for a place in the final, while Adrian Mannarino will take on either Sebastian Ofner or Dominic Thiem in the other semi-final.

Big names involved in ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai

WhatATP Shanghai
WhereShanghai, China
WhenMonday 2nd October - Sunday 15th October
How to watchAmazon Prime / Tennis TV

The Asian hard-court swing is also set to continue in the second half of the week with the penultimate ATP Masters 1000 event of the season in Shanghai. 

Having previously been voted by players as the ATP Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year between 2009 and 2013, the ATP Shanghai generates plenty of buzz and rightly so. 

Fresh from his ATP Beijing campaign, Alcaraz is set to make his debut in Shanghai and will be joined by the likes of Medvedev, Holger Rune, Casper Ruud, Jannik Sinner and Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

While qualifying begins on Monday, the main draw will get underway on Wednesday 4th October and run right through to Sunday 15th October. 

Previous champions in Shanghai have included Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, while Medvedev is defending champion after beating Zverev 6-4 6-1 in the final of the last tournament back in 2019.

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