The couch was proving a comfortable resting spot for Kiki Bertens before she was called upon to replace Naomi Osaka in Shenzhen.
Two-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka thinks rest and rehabilitation should ensure she is pain-free at the start of next season.
Naomi Osaka's withdrawal saw Kiki Bertens get a late call to compete in the WTA Finals and the Dutchwoman made a winning start.
Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the WTA Finals and will be replaced by Kiki Bertens.
Whatever happens at the WTA Finals, Ashleigh Barty will end 2019 as world number one after beating Belinda Bencic in three sets.
Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic will be top seed Ashleigh Barty's opponents in the Red Group in Shenzhen.
After losing in the last 16 of the US Open, Japan's Naomi Osaka has bounced back with two tournament wins in a row.
Ashleigh Barty is the final obstacle standing in the way of a tired but in-form Naomi Osaka at the China Open.
Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka were victorious against Kiki Bertens and Caroline Wozniacki in their respective China Open last-four matches.
Bianca Andreescu's winning streak was finally ended by Naomi Osaka, who was keen to send a message at the China Open.