The draw for Maria’s first tournament of 2019 at the Shenzhen Open in Shenzhen, China has been released and Maria is seeded fifth and will face world no.192 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the first round.
Maria has played the 29-year-old four times before and leads the series 3-1. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2006 Zurich QF: Maria won 6-4 6-3
2014 Wimbledon R2: Maria won 6-2 6-1
2014 Wuhan R2: Bacsinszky won 7-6 7-5
2015 Madrid R2: Maria won 6-2 6-3
This match will be played on Monday, here is Monday’s schedule:
Centre Court – 11.00 AM start
Alison Riske (USA) vs. Qiang Wang (CHN) (3)
Ivana Jorovic (SRB) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA) (2)
Not before 2.00 PM
Maria Sharapova (RUS) (5) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
The first seed Maria can meet is top seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the quarters.
Maria is making her second appearance on the hard courts of Shenzhen. In Maria’s only appearance at this international event, Maria reached the semis in 2018.