All you need to know from the first day of action at the Shenzhen Open, with Simona Halep, Katerina Siniakova and Alison Riske among those in action.
WTA Staff
December 30, 2017

All courts start at 11am, except Center Court, which starts at noon.

Center Court  
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [4] v Fangzhou Liu (CHN)

Katerina Siniakova [6] (CZE) v Ons Jabeur (TUN)

Not before 4pm    
Qiang Wang (CHN) [5] v Alison Riske (USA)

Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) v Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)

[Qualifying] Danka Kovinic (MNE) [1] v Xinyu Wang (CHN)

Lesley Kerkhove (NED) v Anna Blinkova (RUS) [5]

Not before 1pm
Xinyun Han (CHN) / Chan Liang (CHN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) / Simona Halep (ROU)

Not before 2pm    
Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)

[Qualifying] Jasmine Paolini (ITA) v Jing-Jing Lu (CHN)

[Qualifying] Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) [8] v Stefanie Voegele (SUI)

Not before 2pm
Magda Linette (POL) v Jana Cepelova (SVK)

Irina Bara (ROU) / Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) v Natela Dzalamidze (RUS) / Xenia Knoll (SUI) [4]


Alison Riske is hoping to go one better in 2018 than in her last two visits to Shenzhen. The American reached the final in both 2016 and 2017, losing to Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets two years ago and Katerina Siniakova, again in two sets, in last season's final.

Irina-Camelia Begu is making her third appearance at the tournament, and previously made the second round in 2016.

Aside from host country China (six), Romania provide the most players in the main draw, with four.

Katerina Siniakova has won all three of her previous meetings with Ons Jabeur,