December 3, 2018
2019 SHENZHEN OPEN ANNOUNCES PLAYER FIELD
CHINA LEADS THE WAY WITH MOST PLAYERS


The US$750,000 2019 Shenzhen Open has already announced some of its early marquee players who will take to the courts of the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Centre from 29 December 2018 to 5 January 2019. They are five-time major winner and tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and French star Caroline Garcia.

Tournament Director Luiz Carvalho is now very pleased to announce the tournament’s entire field, and players from China are among those that dominate the line-up. For only the second time in the tournament’s history and the first since 2014, four players from China are directly into the main draw based on the strength of their rankings.

Leading the group is 26 year-old Wang Qiang who is at a career high ranking of No. 20. The Tianjin native, who is coached by Australian great Peter McNamara, enjoyed a standout season in 2018 that saw her win two titles at Guangzhou and Nanchang. She was also a finalist in the nearby cities of Zhuhai and Hong Kong. In Zhuhai, she had wins over Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza while in Hong Kong, she defeated Elina Svitolina and Muguruza.

Wang Qiang has played at a consistently high level this year. She was also a semi-finalist in Beijing, Wuhan and Hiroshima, where she upsetting Ostapenko, Karolina Pliskova and Aryna Sabalenka. She was also a quarterfinalist in Strasbourg.


November 25, 2018
SHENZHEN OPEN TO CELEBRATE ITS 7TH YEAR
SUPERSTARS HEADLINE THE FIELD


It has been one of the curtain raisers to each new season on the WTA Tour for the last six years and the $US750,000 Shenzhen Open will once again hold that honour as it plays host to some of the most recognisable names in women’s tennis at the start of the new year.

The Shenzhen Open will be staged at the now familiar Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center from 29 December 2018 to 5 January 2019, and will feature a new Tournament Director, Brazilian Luiz Carvalho, who is extremely excited to be spearheading the championship for the first time.

“China is an incredibly fascinating place and the variety of settings continues to fascinate all who come in contact with the country. Women’s tennis has an incredible following in China and we are proud to be the nation’s first tournament each year,” said Carvalho

The Organizing Committee of Shenzhen Open today announced that one of the most recognisable names in all sport, Maria Sharapova, along with major title winner Jelena Ostapenko, will be leading the field. They will be joined by French star Caroline Garcia as well as exciting Chinese junior Grand Slam champs Wang Xinyu and Wang Xiyu.