Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Shuai Zhang headline the second day of the Shenzhen Open.
WTA Staff
December 31, 2017

Play starts at 11am

CENTRE COURT

Anna Blinkova (RUS) v Shuai Zhang (CHN) [3]

Simona Halep (ROU) [1] v Nicole Gibbs (USA)

Not before 2pm
Maria Sharapova (RUS) v Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU)

Xiyu Wang (CHN) v Timea Babos (HUN) [8]

COURT 1

Jasmine Paolini (ITA) v Yafan Wang (CHN)

Danka Kovinic (MNE) v Maria Sakkari (GRE) [7]

After suitable rest
Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Yafan Wang (CHN) v Jing-Jing Lu (CHN) / Qiang Wang (CHN)

COURT 2

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) / Renata Voracova (CZE) [3] v Hanyu Guo (CHN) / Xinyu Wang (CHN)
 

KEY FACTS

Both of the previous meetings of Danka Kovinic and Maria Sakkari took place in Istanbul - Kovinic winning in 2016 before losing at the same venue the following year.

The last home winner of the Shenzhen Open was Li Na, who won both of the first two stagings of the event, in 2013 and 2014.

Maria Sharapova has never previously met Mihaela Buzarnescu on the WTA Tour, while Simona Halep is also facing a new opponent, in Nicole Gibbs.

Maria Sharapova's last tournament victory, last October at the Tianjin Open, also began against a Romanian opponent - the Russian beating Irina-Camelia Begu in her first match.