Venus Williams was two points from defeat against fellow American Madison Keys but battled back to win her opener at the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai on Tuesday.
With the unique format at the WTA Finals, it is all about how you finish rather than how you start as new champion Agnieszka Radwanska proved perfectly in Singapore this week.
Italy's Flavia Pennetta said arrivederci to women's tennis on Thursday after defeat to Maria Sharapova at the WTA Finals ended her bid for one last fairy tale to cap an already magical final year in the game.
The competitors square off on either side of the net, eyes narrow in fierce concentration, oblivious to the sun blazing down from the brilliant blue skies above the Chinese city of Zhuhai.
New WTA CEO Steve Simon will make "fundamental" changes to the cramped end-of-year tennis calendar to ensure the best players compete at the flagship WTA Finals after world number one Serena Williams withdrew from this year's event.
World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia cruised for his third Shanghai Masters title as he defeated 15th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-3 in the third round on Thursday.
The world's top two players Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were both hardly tested before reaching third round at the Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis tournament on Wednesday.
The professional tennis tournament has significantly accelerated the popularity of the sport of tennis among the public in Shanghai.
Novak Djokovic kept his juggernaut rolling at the China Open by improving to 26-0 with a 6-2 6-1 win over local hope Zhang Ze on Thursday which tied him with Jimmy Connors for the second-longest unbeaten record at an ATP Tour event.
Players to watch at 2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters
2015 Shanghai Rolex Masters provisional match schedule
China Daily talked to Michael Andres Luévano, executive director of the international division at Shanghai Juss Event Management Co Ltd, the organizer, to discover more about the event.