By Britwatch Team

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – Aryna Sabalenka heralds in the New Year in Shenzhen, which also sees the return of Maria Sharapova after a year plagued by injury.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level WTA International
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $750,000
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Top seeds [1] Aryna Sabalenka

[2] Caroline Garcia

[3] Wang Qiang

[4] Jelena Ostapenko

[5] Maria Sharapova

[6] Zheng Saisai

[7] Zhang Shuai

[8] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Top Half [1] Aryna Sabalenka

[5] Maria Sharapova

[4] Jelena Ostapenko

[7] Zhang Shuai

Bottom Half [6] Zheng Saisai

[3] Wang Qiang

[8] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

[2] Caroline Garcia

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Aryna Sabalenka

The charismatic Belarusian finished the year quite well, earning herself the Wuhan title before maybe running out of steam at the WTA Elite Trophy. Last year she started her season here and made it to the quarter-final, and with a fair draw, she could face the returning Maria Sharapova at this stage. If she can get past Sharapova, she stands a good chance on head to head’s to make a deep run here.

Sabalenka’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Tatjana Maria
  • R2: Ekaterina Alexandrova
  • QF: Maria Sharapova [5]
  • SF: Jelena Ostapenko [4]
  • F: Caroline Garcia [2]

 

[2] Caroline Garcia

Caroline Garcia © Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Another strong finisher last year, Garcia won in Tianjin, but also struggled a bit at the WTA Elite Trophy and has not had much luck in Shenzhen – falling in qualification in 2013 and not having returned since. She ought to eye up the quarter-finals where Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has a commanding head to head lead over the Frenchwoman.

Garcia’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Ivana Jorovic [Q]
  • R2: Luksika Kumkhum
  • QF: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [8]
  • SF: Wang Qiang [3]
  • F: Aryna Sabalenka [1]

 

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[3] Wang Qiang

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Another WTA Elite Trophy alumni, Wang lost out to Ashleigh Barty in the final. She made the quarter-final here on her debut, but was bounced out in round 1 last year, and as luck would have it draws Alison Riske again in this round.

Wang’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Alison Riske
  • R2: Evgeniya Rodina
  • QF: Zheng Saisai [6]
  • SF: Caroline Garcia [2]
  • F: Aryna Sabalenka [1]

 

[4] Jelena Ostapenko

Jelena Ostapenko in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018

Jelena Ostapenko in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photgraphy

It was an up and down year for the former Roland Garros champion, with her highlights last year being reaching the Miami final and the Wimbledon semi-final. She tailed off though towards the end of the year, and makes her return to Shenzhen in the hope of doing better than a first round exit.

Ostapenko’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Monica Niculescu [Q]
  • R2: Kristyna Pliskova
  • QF: Zhang Shuai
  • SF: Aryna Sabalenka [1]
  • F: Caroline Garcia [2]

 

How to Watch/Follow the Shenzhen Open

TV Coverage on BT Sport Extra 1, ESPN & 3
Live Streaming WTA TV (Subscription required)
Point by Point LiveScore http://bit.ly/BritwatchTennisLS

 

The Shenzhen Open takes place between 30 December – 5 January.

 

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