THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER 5 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
From 09/24 to 09/30
Surface: Hard outdoor
Prize money: $2,365,250
Tournament location info: Optics Valley International Tennis Center – Gaoxin 2nd Rd, Jiangxia Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China. It is located in Wuhan East Lake New Technology Development Zone, being adjacent to Erfei Hill.
Past champions: 2016 Petra Kvitova – 2015 Venus Williams – 2014 Petra Kvitova
Entry list: Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Caroline Wozniacki (Dan) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)
THE TOWN: Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province and is the most populous city in Central China. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities. Because of its key role in domestic transportation, Wuhan was sometimes referred to as The Chicago of China by foreign sources.
For Lonely Planet: “Wǔhàn has matured from the sprawling convergence of three smaller cities to an industrial and commercial centre with more than a smattering of fine cultural sites, including the Yellow Crane Tower and a terrific museum. At times it feels ready to leap from its second-tier status, its warring history a thing of a 2000-year-old past. Amid the traffic and smog, the Yangzi River opens up the densely packed streets, rolling around parks, lakes and a concession-era entertainment district in Hànkǒu, the pick of the three cities, growing in swagger by the financial year. This is not the place of penny postcards, but it’s urban China and it’s worth getting to know.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Yellow Crane Tower
- East Lake Wuhan
- Botanical Garden
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Lavande Hotel Wuhan Railway Station. This cute *** hotel is located in the Hong Shan neighborhood at 3,1 from Happy Valley. Offering car rental and free WiFi this hotel features wide modern room from 48€ per night with free cancellation. Rated 8.3 on Booking!
- Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside. Towering 20 floors over the Yangtze River, this 4-star Holiday Inn, rated 8.4 on Booking, provides a fitness centre, sauna and massage services, 3 restaurants, 2 bars and free WiFi and parking. Featuring modern décor, the air-conditioned rooms enjoy views of either the city or the river. Prices from 72€ per night for a superior double room (25mq2).
- InterContinental Wuhan. Featuring free WiFi and a delicious restaurant, exceptional ***** InterContinental Wuhan, rated 9.0 on Booking, offers modern accommodations in Wuhan with a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. Free private parking is available on site. The Wuhan International Expo Centre is just 0.6 km from the hotel. An enormous Intercontinental Superior Room (60 mq2) costs 116€ with very good breakfast buffet included.
Enjoy and Discover China with TennisTrips!