On a day which saw second and third seeds Jelena Ostapenko and Zhang Shuai crash out, it was Maria Sharapova who stole the show at the Shenzhen Open with a thrilling second-round victory over two-time finalist Alison Riske.
My photographer Jimmie48 was right there, bringing us coverage from Sharapova’s morning practice and her 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory over Riske. We also have photos of Latvian world No.7 Ostapenko’s 6-1 6-4 loss to in-form world No.61 Kristyna Pliskova, who served up 11 aces en route to her first career victory over a Top 10 player. After opening the new season with a win over Serena Williams in an Abu Dhabi exhibition on December 30th and then flying to China, Ostapenko blamed her defeat on tiredness and jetlag.
Fashion update: While Sharapova and Ostapenko wore their last year’s outfits, Riske and Pliskova rocked a tank and skort from Lotto’s new Spring Nixia collection.
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE 2018 SHENZHEN OPEN:
- Monday: Halep, Sharapova impress in first round
- Sunday: Players’ party, Sharapova’s practice, Halep’s doubles, and more