Defending champion Katerina Siniakova cruised past Ons Jabeur in her first round match of the season, dropping just two games in a victory in Shenzhen.
WTA Staff
December 31, 2017

SHENZHEN, China - No.6 seed Katerina Siniakova got her title defense at the Shenzhen Open off to a nearly flawless start on Sunday, surrendering just two games in defeat of Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.

Having not played Jabeur since the 2014 season, Siniakova hardly missed a beat in extending her winning streak against the Tunisian to three straight matches, recording victory in just 57 minutes. 

"I'm really happy - it's nice to be back and play on Centre Court. I was really enjoying it - it was the first match and so many people came," Siniakova said. "It was tough because she's a great player, but today I was just better. I was trying to be aggressive and it went my way. 

"I'm not a player who's winning the point in two or three [shots], but I'm...trying to be aggressive, go to the net. I worked a lot during preseason and I think I did a great job. Hopefully, it'll show in the games."

The World No.47 broke serve seven times in the victory, more than enough to cover losing her own serve twice, and won more than 70% of the points played when Jabeur stepped to the line in the match.

After being broken in the first game of the match, Siniakova rolled through to the next nine in a row, and won 12 of the last 13 games overall.

Though she only landed 50% of her first serves in the match, the No.6 seed was largely successful when she landed them, dropping a total of three points overall for an 84% success rate. 

On the other end, the World No.89 also landed 50% of her first serves for the match, but fell victim to some precise returning off Siniakova's racquet, as she only managed to win eight of 21 points played behind her first serve (38%).

Jabeur also struggled to match the firepower of the Czech off the ground, as she accumulated a total of 17 unforced errors in 14 games.