Former WTA World No.1 Maria Sharapova continues her campaign in China.
WTA Staff
January 1, 2019

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am local time

Yafan Wang (CHN) vs Ons Jabeur (TUN) 

[WC] Xinyu Wang (CHN) vs [5] Maria Sharapova (RUS) 

Not Before 2:00 pm

[1] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 

[Q] Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

[3] Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) / Irina Khromacheva (RUS) vs Yingying Duan (CHN) / Renata Voracova (CZE) 

[1] Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Lidziya Marozava (BLR) vs Nao Hibino (JPN) / Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) 

Irina Bara (ROU) / Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [2] Shuai Peng (CHN) / Zhaoxuan Yang (CHN) 

[Alt] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) vs [4] Yafan Wang (CHN) / Shuai Zhang (CHN)

Match Points

Wang Xinyu, the opponent of Maria Sharapova, is the youngester player in the singles field, aged 17 years old (September 26, 2001).

Sharapova defeated Timea Bacsinszky in the first round in her 800th career match.

Sharapova and Ekaterina Alexandrova were part of a five-strong Russian contingent at the start of the singles event alongside Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Evgeniya Rodina and Vera Zvonareva - excluding qualifiers. Only host nation China had more representatives with six.

No.1 seed Aryna Sabalenka reached the quarter-finals last year - her only previous appearance in Shenzhen - and lost to eventual champion Simona Halep.