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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Female stars bite the dust after raft of Beijing shocks

Pliskova, Svitolina and Wozniacki new co-favourites

Taro Daniel should now be good enough to trouble Yen-Hsun Lu
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ATP & WTA China Open
Sky Action, from 6am & BT Sport 1, from 5.30am Tuesday
ATP Japan Open
Sky Arena from 6am Tuesday

Some of the top women players have been suffering early exits in the China Open and the singles is already looking like a bit of a free-for-all.

There's a big opportunity for lesser players to make their name in Beijing this week after losses for world number one and top seed Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber, US Open champion Sloane Stephens, Dominika Cibulkova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Monday, while British number one Johanna Konta lost on Sunday.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, victorious in Tokyo recently, was last night 8-1 co-favourite with Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina after defeating Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-2.

For anyone looking for a punting interest today, backing Taro Daniel at 4-6 to win at least a set against Yen-Hsun Lu in the ATP Japan Open is an option.

Daniel has played well for much of the season and could remain competitive in his homeland.

T Daniel to win at least a set
1pt 4-6 Betfair, Paddy Power 

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Daniel has played well for much of the season and could remain competitive in his homeland
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