SHENZHEN, China - Simona Halep has many gifts on the court, as she proved with her battling season-opening win over Jelena Jankovic, but she has a few hidden talents off the court too.

In the build up to the Shenzhen Open, Halep and her fellow Romanian Monica Niculescu were invited to try their hand at painting. After a short watercolor tutorial, the pair, who will also team up in the doubles this week, created their own version of the city's unique skyline.

Niculescu tackled the Shenzhen Universaide Sports Centre, while Halep recreated another iconic building, of the Shenzhen Government House.

Former champion Halep has been kept busy off the court, and celebrated the New Year by taking part in the Champion Kids Day. Joining Halep were home favorite Zheng Saisai and Timea Babos, taking the participants through the full range of on-court skills.



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