The second day of main-draw action at the Shenzhen Open continued to showcase powerful opening performances as Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova comfortably progressed into the second round and our photographer Jimmie48 documented everything in photos.
Halep needed just 69 minutes to kick off the 2018 season with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Nicole Gibbs, overcoming a sluggish start, but in terms of her on-court look the start of the new year is highly disappointing, as her contract with Adidas has now officially expired and, not having secured a new clothing sponsor, the world No.1 player is wearing no-name gear in her matches at the Shenzhen Open.
Sporting her winter Nike look debuted at the end of the previous season, in particular the Nike Winter Maria Premier Tank and the Nike Winter Maria Premier Skirt, Sharapova hit three aces and 18 winners to defeat Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-0 in 80 minutes on a packed Centre Court.
We also have photos of qualifier Danka Kovinic‘s victory over seventh seed Maria Sakkari, Zarina Diyas‘ triumph over Pauline Parmentier and Wang Yafan‘s win over Jasmine Paolini.
Stay with us tomorrow, as the remaining two singles first-round matches along with four second-round matches will be contested. Second seed Jelena Ostapenko will make her Shenzhen debut as she takes on Kristyna Pliskova. Moreover, Sharapova will play Alison Riske, who has made the finals in Shenzhen for two years running. We will also have an all-Romanian doubles encounter, as the partnership of Halep and Irina-Camelia Begu will face Irina Bara and Buzarnescu in an early doubles quarterfinal match on Tuesday.
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