Elina will step on the tour court for the first time since the US Open and play at the Premier Mandatory-level event in Beijing. In the opening round she will face Zhu Lin of China, ranked No. 115 on the WTA list, who received a wild card. Last year Elina won their only previous match in the semifinals in Kuala Lumpur. 

Elina comes to the tournament in Beijing for the fifth year in a row. Last season she showed her best result here, reaching the semifinal where she lost to the current World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska.