Maria Sharapova beats Timea Bacsinszky in 1st round of Shenzhen Open

Getty Images  Zhe Ji

Getty Images Zhe Ji

With three match points in hand, Sharapova fired a delivery that Bacsinszky returned just wide, ending the competitive set and sending the former top-ranked player sailing into the second round of Shenzhen.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova had a tough start to her 2019 tennis season Monday at the Shenzhen Open, edging out Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

The Russian never looked back, winning 20 of the next 25 points to take all the remaining games and secure the opener by 6-2 after a service victor in game eight. Once more, Bacsinszky claimed the first two games of the set, but Sharapova again broke back straight away.

Serving for the set in the following game, the Swiss got broken after a loose forehand and that sent the momentum to the other side of the net, with Sharapova winning the tie break 73 after a service victor to secure the place in the second round.

Getty Images  Zhe Ji
Getty Images Zhe Ji

Sabalenka needed three sets to overcome Tatjana Maria, beating the German 3-6 6-3 6-1. She got cold feet in the first set with her serves, but however, she won it comfortably. She defeated Xun Fang Ying 7-6 (3), 6-4 in an all-Chinese match.

Second seed Caroline Garcia suffered a surprise 6-4 6-2 loss to Ivana Jorovic, while third seed Wang Qiang and seventh seed Zhang Shuai were also beaten by Alison Riske and Ons Jabeur respectively.

The players moved into a second-set tiebreak, where they traded minibreaks up to the changeover at 3-3.

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