Last Updated on January 1, 2019
The 22nd racket of the world, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, lost to Romanian Monika Nikulescu, who ranks 99th in the WTA rating, with a score of 0/6, 2/6 at the start of the tournament in Shenzhen. The match lasted 51 minutes. During this time, 21-year-old Ostapenko never filed right through, allowed eight double shots and made one break, and 31-year-old Nikulescu performed one ace, never made a mistake when serving and sold six break points. Now the score in personal meetings was 2-0 in favor of the Romanian. The next rival of Niculescu at the Shenzhen Open competition will be the Czech Kristina Pliskova, who went further after the refusal of the Chinese Peng Shuai with a score of 3/6, 7/6 (6), 3/3.