The 13th racket of the world, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, defeated German Tatjana Maria in three sets, occupying the 72nd line in the WTA ranking, with a 3/6, 6/3, 6/1 score in the first round of the tournament in Shenzhen. The meeting lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes. During this time, the 20-year-old Sabalenka performed one Ace, made a mistake five times when serving and sold seven break points, and the 31-year-old Maria filed three times, made four double mistakes and made four breaks. Now the score in personal meetings was 3-0 in favor of Belarus. The next opponent of Sabalenka in Shenzhen will be the Russian woman Ekaterina Alexandrova.